Book Review: THE MAKING OF STANLEY KUBRICK’S 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY Is Out Of This World

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The Making of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey is a stunning piece of literature. This hefty behind-the-scenes look at Stanley Kubrick’s seminal sci-fi drama is highly recommended to cineastes. The images held between the quirky monolith-shaped hardcovers are out of this world, making this an essential book for those who are fascinated by Kubrick’s 1968 film.

At this point it’s an understatement to say that Kubrick’s film was influential. Without it you wouldn’t have had George Lucas’ Star Wars, Ridley Scott’s Alien or even Christopher Nolan’s recent Interstellar. The special effects still hold-up and the classical score helped shape the audio stylings of a multitude of science fiction films that followed in its wake. Samsung also recently claimed in a court-case with Apple that the film even created the ‘tablet’. It’s a poetic piece of film-making and Bizony’s book is the ultimate critical analysis. That doesn’t mean that it’s highbrow, but it’s simply been given the detailed study that it deserves.

Piers Bizony delves deep into the making of Kubrick’s film, offering an overview of the director and author Arthur C.Clarke. The text is rich and exceptionally well written and it’s clear that Bizony has not only done his research, but also has a strong affinity with the material that he’s covering.

Much has been written about 2001: A Space Odyssey  but this Taschen publication is the the final word on Stanley Kubrick’s influential masterpiece.The Making of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey is a marvel, a literary piece that’s as fascinating as the film it’s covering and it offers readers a splendid at look one of the greatest films of the 20th century. Breathtaking.

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