70mm Film Fest: "2001"

The Music Box will be playing "2001" as part of its 70mm  Film Festival.   Films shot at this size have a richness, scope, and depth eclipsing the conventional 35mm format, and you need every spare inch of this format to fully take in Stanley Kubrick's masterpiece, which spans from humanity's brutal origins to a literal universe of future possibility, encompassing everything from uncanny realism to psychedelic abstraction to symphonic poetry.

After the movie, we'll head to a nearby bar/restaurant location, where we'll surely be able to figure out what the movie's all about.  Getting advance tickets is highly recommended, you can pick them up at:

https://ticketing.musicboxtheatre.com/Ticketing/visSelectTickets.aspx?cinemacode=0000000001&txtSessionId=2247&visLang=1

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  • Al

    For a viewing of "2001" unlike any experience before, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra will be presenting the movie in its hall next March!

    http://cso.org/TicketsAndEvents/EventDetails.aspx?eid=6563

    They will show the movie in a screen above the orchestra and chorus, with a soundtrack that's had its musical score removed. Instead, the score (Richard Strauss, "The Blue Danube Waltz", Gyorgy Ligeti) will be played by the orchestra itself! For fans of this movie, this is a spectacularly unique event not to be missed!

    1 · July 16

  • Al

    It was beyond amazing meeting up to view "2001" in its 70mm format (the remastered and enhanced sound was a great bonus to encounter). It was a bit hectic after the film, with a tornado watch, D'Agostinos closed due to flooding, and the bar nearby playing music loud enough for people to forget how drunk they were getting. But despite all that, it led to an excellent conversation in the upstairs lounge - "2001" is remarkable in how everyone had an interesting yet distinct take on the events in the movie!

    1 · July 16

  • Lisa T

    Sorry I missed you guys. I didn't see anyone with a sign, and I didn't know that you made a reservation until just now when I got home. I'm going to see The Master next Monday, so maybe we'll catch up then.

    July 13

    • Al

      Too bad you weren't able to join us, Lisa. I'll have to make sure the sign is more prominent for next time!

      July 16

  • Al

    Were.at the bar just south of Dagostinos, in the upstairs lounge.

    July 13

  • Dan

    FYI, there is a street festival on Southport today (between Waveland and Byron). You can walk through the gates to get to the Music Box, but you won't be able to park right in front of the theater. They still had tickets for the movie as of 4:15.

    July 12

  • Al

    After the movie, we have a reservation set up for D'Agostino's pizza pub nearby:

    http://addison.dagsdelivers.com/zgrid/themes/753/intro/index.jsp

    It's under the name "Al", so if you don't catch us during the movie, head on over to D'Agostinos afterwards to help us figure out what "2001" is all about!

    July 12

  • Al

    45 years after KubriCK dealt with humanity's inability to appreciate the wonders of even their own technology, Louis C.K. had a hilarious rant about the subject on Conan's show:

    http://www.criticalcommons.org/Members/fsustavros/clips/louis-ck-technology

    One of the criticisms of "2001" is that the people in the movie are these banal, soulless functionaries oblivious to the amazing things they're dealing with. I think KubriCK was deliberately making that point about the humans, and it's good to keep the subject of Louis C.K.'s diatribe in mind while watching them do what they do.

    July 12

  • Al

    A fun animated video essay explaining the movie:

    http://www.kubrick2001.com/

    July 11

  • Al

    Here's a good article talking about what the ending of "2001" is really about:

    http://whatculture.com/film/what-does-the-ending-of-2001-a-space-odyssey-really-mean.php

    There's some interesting ideas about the ending mentioned in the comments section. as well!

    July 11

  • Jeff

    I learned my lesson with the Hard Day's Night snafu....got my ticket for 2001!

    July 8

    • Al

      Good to hear! You can never tell with the 70mm fest - films like "Playtime" were selling out on weekdays at the Music Box last year.

      July 10

  • Al

    On the WarnerBrosOnline Youtube channel, filmmakers reminisce on the legacy of this classic movie:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gW7-VnIqKhM

    (A couple of other great featurettes on the making of "2001" and other Kubrick films can be found on this channel, too).

    July 8

  • Lisa T

    Having trouble booking tix for the 2001 screening. Anyone else?

    July 8

    • Lisa T

      Just tried again (using your link) and it worked this time. So excited to see this! Thanks!

      1 · July 8

    • Al

      Excellent - glad your ticket order made it through!

      July 8

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