2001: A Space Odyssey. 1968. USA/Great Britain. Directed by Stanley Kubrick. 160 min.
Screenplay by Kubrick, Arthur C. Clarke, based on Clarke’s novel. With Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester, Douglas Rain. Stanley Kubrick’s oblique art-film-in-outer-space left many critics and initial road-show audiences bored and confused, but in that summer of 1968 younger viewers took to the film, hypnotized by its prophetic tone and psychedelic finale. Campaign director Mike Kaplan took note of the new demographic and had new posters designed, emphasizing the ending and rebranding the film as “the ultimate trip.” Digital restoration courtesy Warner Bros.