2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (1968) C widescreen 139m dir: Stanley Kubrick

w/Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester, Daniel Richter, Douglas Rain, Leonard Rossiter

Director Kubrick's masterpiece was years in the making (shooting began in late 1965), and it's a brilliant film and "as personal and original a metaphysical vision of humanity as the cinema has produced" (Georges Sadoul's Dictionary of Films ). The plot and explanation exist on an almost subliminal level in this tracing of humankind's history and its contact with new life: in the beginning, the earth heats; the earth cools; apes give way to human beings; human beings to superhumans and beyond; a space voyage to Jupiter is helmed by astronauts Bowman (Dullea) and Poole (Lockwood) and the computer HAL.

Sadoul also says about the film: "2001: A Space Odyssey is an epic (in the true sense), breathtakingly sensuous and an extraordinary visual experience. [Author] Arthur C. Clarke (the title of whose most famous novel Childhood's End might be an appropriate title for the film) said: 'It's about concern with man's hierarchy in the universe which is probably pretty low ... We set out with the deliberate intention of creating a myth. The Odyssean parallel was in our minds from the beginning, long before the film's title was chosen.' Stanley Kubrick pointed out that it is 'essentially a non-verbal experience. Less than half the film has dialogue. (There are no spoken words in the film's first 30 minutes. Ed ) It attempts to communicate more to the subconscious and to the feelings than it does to the intellect.'"

Oscar for Best Special Visual Effects. Also nominated for Best Director, Original Story and Screenplay (Kubrick and Clarke), and Art Direction.