2001: A Space Odyssey comes to City Screen

Hal 9000 has been widely referenced in Sci Fi since 2001: A Space Odyssey.2001: A Space Odyssey, a film widely considered to be the best science fiction movie of all time, is returning to York this month in a new BFI restoration.

Stanley Kubrick’s science fiction classic, first released in 1968, will be shown at the City Screen on the 30th December and 4th January. It gives movie-goers a rare chance to experience the scale and grandeur of space in Kubrick’s seminal work on the big screen.

As with many of Kubrick’s films, like The Shining, Lolita and A Clockwork Orange, 2001: A Space Odyssey is based on literature. The ideas came from the Space Odyssey series by author Arthur C. Clarke, who went on to write the novel 2001: A Space Odyssey while Kubrick developed the film. The novel was published following the film version’s release.

An influential plot

With a storyline spanning from the dawn of mankind to the age of space travel, the film raises questions about the nature of life and the universe, imagining that humanity’s evolution was aided in its advancement by intelligent extra-terrestrials. It invites viewers to consider what might be out there beyond the stars and how limited our understanding really is.

It also addresses our increasing reliance on machines and artificial intelligence, with scenes as chilling to audiences they were 46 years ago.

With an instantly recognisable soundtrack, thought-provoking narrative and some of the most famous scenes in cinema history, 2001 is a film that influenced many science fiction films since its release. This includes other sci fi classics such as Star Wars, family films like Wall-E and, most recently, director Christopher Nolan’s latest blockbuster Interstellar.

Tickets for the first showing are already close to selling out, so make sure to book ahead of time to ensure you see this film.

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