Terrifying beauty, vast ontological implications and the ageless story of survival combine in what is considered to be one of the finest and most influential films ever made. A painstaking collaboration between visionary director Stanley Kubrick and giant of science-fiction Arthur C. Clarke, 2001: A Space Odyssey represents the apotheosis of Kubrick’s desire to make (in his words) the “proverbial good science fiction movie”. It is testament to this ambition that it remains a benchmark of the genre 46 years later.

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