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2001: A Space Odyssey
A re-release for Stanley Kubrick's 1968 visionary fable, based on the book by Arthur C Clarke. Astronauts Dave Bowman (Keir Dullea) and Frank Poole (Gary Lockwood) are sent to the further reaches of the solar system on an exploratory mission. Gradually, systems on their ship Discovery begin to malfunction and the astronauts come to the conclusion that their on board computer HAL-9000 (voiced by Douglas Rain) is sabotaging the mission it was designed to assist, potentially threatening their lives. On its original release, 2001: A Space Odyssey was nominated for four Academy Awards including Best Director and Best Screenplay, eventually taking home the trophy for Best Visual Effects. The film is a masterpiece and arguably Kubrick's finest hour, constructing a philosophical treatise on man's place in the universe - if, indeed, we have one - from a sublime marriage of image and classical music. 2001 is the sort of cinematic experience that leaves you awe-struck, founded on some of the most unforgettable sequences in movie history. Who can listen to the Blue Danube Waltz by Johann Strauss without thinking of the film's glorious docking sequence, with a space station and the Discovery manoeuvring towards one another in perfect time to the swelling score? Or the quintet of opening notes from Thus Spake Zarathustra by Richard Strauss, which have become the film's signature? Dullea and Lockwood are both impressive, floating in the midst of the picture's stunning sets and art design. However, it's the plight of HAL, which sticks most clearly in the mind, especially when the computer edges towards system shutdown, uttering the immortal words, "I'm afraid, Dave... My mind is going... I can feel it."