OK, my friends, not a bookclub, but another Meetup I run: The Stanley Kubrick Meetup, which celebrates its first anniversary this week. If you like "2001", and would like to like it even more with like-minded likeable people, RSVP yes, here or on the SKM page! Also, visit the SKM Tumblr for more info.
We will discuss “2001”: anything and everything about it. This is the monthly get-together for The Stanley Kubrick Meetup so several Subject Matter Experts will answer your questions in several (+ 1) ways. But we are most interested in hearing YOUR ideas about the movie.
The Ginger Man is a medium-sized/priced venue with decent food and GREAT beer. We will most likely be sitting in the couches in the back room, or (if we have to) along the tables at left. There will be a “Stanley Kubrick Meetup” tent card placed centrally between us. Also, my cell phone number will be on the Meetup page in case of need.
You should have watched the movie, on your own, in the week before the meetup. Ideally the night before the Meetup! Blu-ray of course is most recommended, but it is widely available in other formats, including streaming.
Laminated stills and handouts will be provided as an aid to the discussion.
John will talk about the technical innovations and inventions Stanley Kubrick helped develop for this movie.
Mark will introduce us to 2001italia.it, Simone Odino’s exceptionally great blog devoted to the movie.
The genius is not in how much Stanley Kubrick does in “2001: A Space Odyssey,” but in how little. This is the work of an artist so sublimely confident that he doesn’t include a single shot simply to keep our attention. He reduces each scene to its essence, and leaves it on screen long enough for us to contemplate it, to inhabit it in our imaginations. Alone among science-fiction movies, “2001” is not concerned with thrilling us, but with inspiring our awe. — Roger Ebert
In the last paragraph of his last published interview (Le petit livre de Stanley Kubrick, SpartOrange, 1994), quite significantly Kubrick considered ‘2001’ as (freely translated from the italian translation of the original french) “a movie that stands apart from my other works, the one I cherish the most”. (source:http://www.archiviokubrick.it/parole/interviste/1989entrevue.html) —[–]2001italia, SK’s Reddit post