14 Interesting Facts You Don’t Know About 2001: A Space Odyssey
Hailed as one of the greatest film ever made, Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey is considered to be his “most realistic” film by many fans and critics. This is due to the enormous research Kubrick and his team did during the pre-production period and his obsession with the slightest details. Let’s go behind the scenes to explore those little known facts about the making of the masterpiece.
1. According to Douglas Trumbull, the total footage shot was some 200 times the final length of the film.
2. In fact,An early draft of the script did have narration.
3. It is reported that Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke watched an enormous number of science fiction films in preparation for creating this movie and Kubrick himself acknowledged the influence of producer George Pal’s films. Pal’s Conquest of Spaceprovided several plot points throughout the movie.
4. According to Katharina Kubrick, Stanley Kubrick provided the breathing heard in the spacesuits.
5. Though almost invisible when watching the film on a TV screen, the four satellites in the first space sequence bear United States, German, French, and Chinese markings.
6. There is no dialogue in the first 25 minutes of the movie (ending when a stewardess speaks at 25:38), nor in the last 23 minutes (excluding end credits). With these two lengthy sections and other shorter ones, there are around 88 dialogue-free minutes in the movie.
7. In honor of the book and movie, NASA named a Mars orbiter: 2001 Mars Odyssey. This was not the first time NASA had a connotation with the film; the Apollo 13 command module’s callsign was Odyssey during the ill-fated mission.
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