2001: A Space Odyssey

2001: A Space Odyssey

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Peter Kramer's study of Stanley Kubrick's masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey uses archival research to address how such a radical project gained studio funding; why the film took the shape it did, how 2001 managed to become both a critical and commercial success, and offers an answer to the question: What does the film mean?show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 96 pages
  • 132 x 184 x 12mm | 222.26g
  • British Film Institute
  • BFI PUBLISHING
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 2010
  • biography
  • 1844572862
  • 9781844572861
  • 245,827

About Peter Kramer

PETER KRAMER is a Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of East Anglia, UK. He has written and edited a number of books, including Screen Acting (1999), The Silent Cinema Reader (2004) and The New Hollywood: From Bonnie and Clyde to Star Wars (2005).show more

Review quote

'In this excellent addition to the BFI's Film Classics series, Kramer lovingly explores the genesis of both film and novel, as well as the film's reception and cultural impact.' - The Guardian '...this volume skilfully condenses four decades of cinema studies, academic insights and retrospective analyses...a worthwhile addition to the growing library of informed texts about 2001, Kramer's book captures something of Kubrick's vaulting ambitions, and Clarke's impeccable mastery of SF modes...' - The Zone 'Chapter six contains the best narrative description of 2001 I've ever read' - Anthony Frewin inSight & Sound 'The inclusion of recently released archive material by itself constitutes a significant addition to the body of writing on the Kubrick oeuvre. And while the film itself remains (to my mind) frustratingly ambiguous, Kramer's account of its creation and his interpretation provide a useful introduction for viewers and students coming to the film for the first time.' - Sheamus Sweeney, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Televisionshow more

Table of contents

Acknowledgements Introduction Production Context Production Process Form, Style and Theme Marketing and Reception Cultural Setting Conclusion Creditsshow more

Review Text

'In this excellent addition to the BFI's Film Classics series, Kramer lovingly explores the genesis of both film and novel, as well as the film's reception and cultural impact.' - The Guardian '...this volume skilfully condenses four decades of cinema studies, academic insights and retrospective analyses...a worthwhile addition to the growing library of informed texts about 2001 , Kramer's book captures something of Kubrick's vaulting ambitions, and Clarke's impeccable mastery of SF modes...' - The Zone 'Chapter six contains the best narrative description of 2001 I've ever read' - Anthony Frewin in Sight & Sound 'The inclusion of recently released archive material by itself constitutes a significant addition to the body of writing on the Kubrick oeuvre. And while the film itself remains (to my mind) frustratingly ambiguous, Kramer's account of its creation and his interpretation provide a useful introduction for viewers and students coming to the film for the first time.' - Sheamus Sweeney, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Televisionshow more