2001 Space Odyssey (1968)

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The Slabs

After watching the movie, one can notice that various book edition companies worldwide have published Clarke intial story (1965-1968). These books have the monolith on their cover page (for instance "J’ai Lu" edition, december 19th 1975 and april 25th 2001).

1975 edition

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2001 edition

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This is how we notice very quickly and with surprise that the monolith is the keystone of the movie. Without the monolith, the prehominian would stay a great ape who will never take part of the adventure to Jupiter. So there would be no movie.

The movie "collagen" ie what fill in blanks between sequences where the monolith, which influences and leads the operation, shows up contains elements pulled from NASA technology (gravity within the space shuttle, magnetic shoes ...). The secondary storyline is expressed through the personality of HAL, the computer which controls the expedition to Jupiter and which decides that the crew is not able to conduct the operation and tries to take over the full controle of it.

Surprisingly there is a really similarity between monolith slabs of the movie and those created few years earlier since 1957 by the contemporay artist Georges Yatridès, especially in the following paintings:

 

Biography - synopsis

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The density of this man is exceptional. At school he's specially interested in physics but this did not yet grant him access to University. From his father he gets his first camera at 13 years old. Associated to Jazz music this device will lead him directly to make his fiorst movie, Day of the Fight having taken advantage of his relationships and his reputation in the photography world he belongs to thanks to his job for Look magazine. He will later on become a great movie maker.

 

 

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Steven Spielberg

Steven Allan Spielberg (born December 18, 1946) is an American film director, screenwriter, film producer, video game designer and studio executive. In a career spanning four decades, Spielberg's films have covered many themes and genres. Spielberg's early science-fiction and adventure films were seen as an archetype of modern Hollywood blockbuster filmmaking. In later years, his films began addressing such issues as the Holocaust, slavery, war and terrorism. He is considered one of the most influential filmmakers in the history of cinema. He is also one of the founders of DreamWorks movie studio.

 

 

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Miles Millar

Miles Millar (born c. 1967) is a British-born screenwriter and producer. With writing partner Alfred Gough, he wrote the Jackie Chan vehicles Shanghai Noon and Shanghai Knights. The pair have also worked on several superhero-themed projects. They created and produced the show Smallville on the WB network, and contributed to the screenplays of Spider-Man 2 and Iron Man. Millar and Gough also created the Aquaman pilot. His most current production is I Am Number Four starring Alex Pettyfer as the titular character.

Millar was educated at Claremont Fan Court School and is a graduate of Christ's College, Cambridge where he was Chairman of Cambridge University Conservative Association. He is also a graduate of the USC School of Cinematic Arts from the same The Peter Stark Producing Program as his writing partner Alfred Gough.

 

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Marcel Carné

Marcel Carné (August 18, 1906 – October 31, 1996) was a French film director.

Born in Paris, France, the son of a cabinet maker whose wife died when their son was five, Carné began his career as a film critic, becoming editor of the weekly publication, Hebdo-Films, and working for Cinémagazine and Cinémonde between 1929 and 1933. In the same period he worked in silent film as a camera assistant with director Jacques Feyder. By age 25, Carné had already directed his first short film, Nogent, Eldorado du dimanche (1929). He assisted Feyder (and René Clair) on several films through to La kermesse héroïque (1935).

 

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Luc Besson

 

Luc Besson, born 18 March 1959 is a French film director, writer and producer. He is the creator of EuropaCorp film company. He has been involved with over 50 films, spanning 26 years, as writer, director, and/or producer.

 

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John Ford
John Ford (February 1, 1894 – August 31, 1973) was an American film director of Irish heritage. He was famous for both his westerns such as Stagecoach, The Searchers, and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, and adaptations of such classic 20th-century American novels as The Grapes of Wrath. His four Academy Award for Best Directors (1935, 1940, 1941, 1952) is a record, and one of those films, How Green Was My Valley, also won Best Picture.

In a career that spanned more than 50 years, Ford directed more than 140 films (although nearly all of his silent films are now lost) and he is widely regarded as one of the most important and influential filmmakers of his generation. Ford's films and personality were held in high regard by his colleagues, with Ingmar Bergman and Orson Welles among those who have named him as one of the greatest directors of all time.

In particular, Ford was a pioneer of location shooting and the long shot which frames his characters against a vast, harsh and rugged natural terrain.

 

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Jean Delannoy

French film director and screenwriter Jean Delannoy was born on January 12, 1908, in Noisy-le-Sec, in the Seine department (now Seine-Saint-Denis), and died on June 18, 2008, in Guainville, in the Eure-et-Loir department.

Between his first work, Paris-Deauville, which appeared on screens in 1934, and his last production, Marie de Nazareth (Marie of Nazareth), in 1995, Jean Delannoy wrote and directed close to 50 films over a period of more than 60 years and worked with many of the great actors of the last century.

Born on January 12, 1908, in Noisy-le-Sec, Jean Delannoy started his film career as a set designer and then took on successive positions as an actor and an editor before finally launching into writing and directing. This true craftsman of “French-quality” cinema was one of the greatest adaptors of literary works for the big screen, along the lines of — in a different genre — a Stanley Kubrick.