I appreciate that people younger than I might find it difficult to understand the remarkable
film breakthrough achieved by Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey."  To completely
"get it," you sort of "had to be there."

The context of the time influenced our sensibilities and perceptions:  North Korea, Vietnam,
the Kerner Commission Report, Latinx demand for quality education, students protesting
Dow Chemical's production of napalm, Howard University demonstrations, Johnson's
announcement that he would not seek re-election, the assassinations of Dr. Martin Luther
King, Jr. and Robert Fitzgerald Kennedy, war protests, the birth of Special Olympics, the
Democratic convention, Arthur Ashe's US Open victory, the debut of
60 Minutes,  Mexico
City protesters killed by police and troops, Apollo 7, raised gloved fists at the olympics,
Nixon's presidential victory, Shirley Chisholm's election to the House, and Apollo 8.

The relative infancy of technology and space travel provided a context, too.  In 1968, there
were no personal computers or Internet and we had not been to the moon, which made the
movie far ahead of its time.

Then, there's the issue of special effects in cinema in the 1960s.  We had seen nothing like
this before.  Even to today's audiences, the special effects - linked to classical music - hold
a fascination.

Arthur Clarke's story, tracing evolution from apes to a human on Jupiter, stimulated our
thinking while transporting us to the future's possibilities.   
Original Cinema Program
Kubrick Films / Warner Brothers
Kubrick 2001:  The Space Odyssey Explained
Roger Ebert's Review (Chicago Sun-Times)
2001: A Space Odyssey Products [Palantir.net]
2001: Filming the Future
2001 Exhibit
Roger Ebert: The Monolith and the Message
2001: A Space Odyssey (Shrine)
1968 Trailer
Most Important Sci-Fi Movie
2001: A Space Odyssey trailer
The Making of a Myth
What it Means and How it was Made
Why 2001: A Space Odyssey remains a mystery
Stanley Kubrick
Sir Arthur Clarke
2001 in 2018
Warner Brothers Re-Release
2018 trailer
Christopher Nolan
The Sentinel | Audio Book
How Kubrick Made 2001: A Space Odyssey | Cinema Tyler
The Novel |  Arthur C. Clarke
Standing on the Shoulders of Kubrick
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Wear A Mask
Utah monolith
Tracking all the monoliths
Tracking all the monoliths