Fiction History


If you like searching something about movies, you are in the right place. Today, I want to share about one of the famous movies – 2001: A Space Odyssey. This movie is about travelling to space, and it has got a legendary scenario for many reasons.

Firstly, the movie starts with primates and you watch them for a long time. There is too much gorilla screams and it is too realistic because this movie’s director is Kubrick and he used real gorilla screams. By using gorilla screams, I think Stanley Kubrick wanted to show us human evolution because during different phases of the movie, one watches the progress of humanity part by part.

At the beginning, we see gorillas trying to understand what a monolith is. We see the monolith in other parts of the movie. However, in those parts there is no gorilla around. There are just people. When people look at the monolith, they see themselves. It is like a mirror, so they can watch themselves, but we shouldn’t forget something. The monolith can watch the people or primates, too.

Secondly, I also want to write about the impact of history on this movie. We know that, after the Second World War, space exploration programs accelerated and this was a kind of race between the USA and the USSR. Stephen King also mentioned this in one of his speeches. He said, “When I was a child, I used to go to the cinema every Saturday and Sunday. I heard from the news that Sputnik 1 was sent to low orbit by Russian. Next, everyone felt badly about it in the movie theater.” Therefore, the American children missed all the hopes about going to the space. It was the first trauma for them. That’s why Americans directed movies about threat from the space from 1960 to 1970. Kubrick wanted to release this movie before the Americans went to the Moon. Therefore, this movie was released a year before Americans went to the Moon.

Lastly, the movie has inspited some more cretive work until this time. For example, this movie inspired David Bowie while he was writing “Space Oddity”. Then, Bowie was inspired by Chris Hadfield because he released a cover called “space oddity”. Moreover, there is a book adapted from the movie by Arthur Clarke (see the first picture) . To sum up, I think this movie is a real odyssey to people. There are a lot of details and you can watch again and again for the reasons I mentioned above. I hope you enjoyed my post. See you in my next post.


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