2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

Film Studies

Cinema Classics Seminar:
2001: A Space Odyssey

Wednesday, September 29, 2021, 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm
ON SITE: $25 for members, $35 for non-members
REMOTE CLASSROOM: $15 for members, $20 for non-members  
Instructor: Christopher Long, M.A., Author and Film Critic

Stanley Kubrick’s visionary science-fiction epic, 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), divided critics at the time of its release. A young Roger Ebert praised it for “succeed(ing) magnificently on a cosmic scale,” while the influential Pauline Kael dismissed the film as “monumentally unimaginative.”

Kubrick, collaborating with science-fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke, crafted an ambitious work about (among other things) evolution, alien contact, and the limits of technological progress. Its style is equally bold, as 2001 leaps forward thousands of years in the moment of a single jump cut, opens and closes with lengthy, largely dialogue-free sequences, and often relies on classical music and cutting-edge visual effects to propel its ambiguous narrative. These elements have sparked more than fifty years’ worth of heated debates over what exactly happens in the movie: “What the **** is that Starchild all about?”

2001 not only expanded the boundaries of traditional science-fiction cinema, but it tapped into the ’60s counter-culture zeitgeist, leading savvy marketers to rebrand the film as “The Ultimate Trip” on its way to becoming an unlikely box-office smash. Join us to take that ultimate trip the way it was meant to be experienced . . . on the big screen.

Just want to see the movie? Stay tuned for updates about additional showtimes.

Cinema Classics Seminars offer an entertaining and engaging way to learn more about some of the true classics of world cinema. All students receive an introductory lecture before the film and a guided discussion after the film. In addition, those who attend the seminar on site at BMFI receive a ticket to see it on the big screen, as well as popcorn and a drink.

Please note: There are two ways to attend in this seminar:

  1. On site, at BMFI, in one of our theaters: Registration and seat selection must be done in advance, online, via the “ON SITE” button under the “Course Information” heading. There will be no walk-up registrations for this seminar.
  2. If you wish to attend in our Remote Classroom, please do so via the “AT HOME” button under the “Remote Classroom” heading. You will be able to livestream the pre-screening lecture and participate in the post-screening discussion, but the movie is not included (nor are popcorn and a drink, we’re sorry to say).

 Please email BMFI education coordinator Jill Malcolm with any questions.

Course Information

On Site

  • Wednesday, September 29 · 6:30 pm
Remote Classroom
At Home