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Directed by Stanley Kubrick

United States 1968 149 mins. In English

The most legendary and widely discussed film of the 1960s, and Kubrick’s most famous work in a string of masterpieces, 2001 has had—and still does have—a profound impact on ideas about the way our society treats the march of technology and humankind’s place in the vast universe. A mysterious black obelisk (the Monolith) appears both in the pre-human time and in the future of 2001, communicating something indecipherable yet violent to both ape and man. Perhaps the Monolith has an effect on futuristic computer systems like HAL 9000, an on-board AI assistant who attempts to take control from two astronauts (Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood) on a mission to Jupiter to research the Monolith and its effects. A film with deeply philosophical intentions, 2001 is an epic on the grandest of scales, and one with sustained relevance for our postmodern world.