"2001: A Space Odyssey" Discussion Meetup

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) —[–]2001italiaSK’s Reddit post

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  • Anne

    Great discussion. My appreciation of the movie and Kubrick grew as a result of the exchange.

    1 · April 14

  • Mark L.

    OK -- for those of you who can go, thank you! -- and the Ginger Man is as described below, I'll be there by 1. We'll be in the back room. My cell is above in case of need! We'll have at least 10 attendees.

    April 12

  • Mark L.

    It's about a 10 minute walk from Penn Station to the Ginger Man -- from 7th and 32nd, you walk to 5th and 36th, and continue east until just before you hit Madison. It's on the North side of the street. I'll most likely be taking the Far Hills train that gets in to Penn at 12:40 (changes at Summit), because I like to get there early; if you take the train that gets in at 1:39 instead, no worries, you'll be at the meetup before 2, I'll fill you in on anything you missed.

    March 23

  • Anne

    I recently rewatched this movie and was even more impressed by the genius. It is iconic.

    1 · March 23

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