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Well, here we are. It's the final episode of Crash Course Film Criticism and we're going to chat about one of the more polarizing films ever made: Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey. On the surface, 2001 tells the story of human history as related to technology and some kind of alien influence. But, if we go deeper, there's a lot to this film about evolution and how technology might spell our end... or at least our change. Join Michael Aranda one more time for this great Science Fiction masterpiece.

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Check out all 15 films we'll be talking about below!!!

Citizen Kane
Aliens
Where Are My Children?
Selma
In the Mood For Love
Do the Right Thing
Lost In Translation
Apocalypse Now
Pan's Labyrinth
The Limey
Three Colors: Blue
The Eagle Huntress
Moonlight
Beasts of No Nation
2001: A Space Odyssey

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Well, here we are.  This last episode of Crash Course: Film Criticisim. So to round out the series it is time to talk about a film that is known for being both profound and timeless. Occasionally, a film comes along that touches something so deep within the collective human experiance that it seems to exist outside of time. Often these films dare us to see something in new and unexpected ways.  In 1968, a movie that is arguable a modern masterpiece was released and it continues to reward multiple viewing and interpretations five decades after it first hit the screen.  It's time to travel back to our old future with 2001 A Space Odyssey.  2001 A Space Odyssey was drempt up by director Stanley Kubrick and science fiction writer, Arthur C. Clarke. On the heels of his savegly satirical nuclear war comedy, Dr. Strangelove, or How I Stopped Worrying And Learned To Love The Bomb, Kubrick was eager to expand his canvas.  He wanted to tackle a film that would burrow deep into the viewer's subconsious, he wanted to make a modern myth. 

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"To create a work of are which would arouse the emotions of wonder, awe...[and] even, if appropriate, terror".  Years before, Clarke had written a short story called "The Sentinel" about the discovery of an alien burried under the moon's surface millions of years ago.  This sentinal acted as a kind of tripwire, once humans had become technologically advanced enough to discover it, the object would warn distant ailens of our existence.  From that idea, Kubrick saw an opportunity to explore some of the most profound themes in human history; the limits and consequences of technology, the nature of existence,  and the evoulution of humans: past, present, and future.  Working from an outline base on Clarke's short story, Kubrick and his co-writer developed a screenplay and a novel simultaneously.  They settled on an unconventional structure that breaks the story into four distinct sections.  The first called The Dawn Of Man, follows a group of prehistoric man-apes as they struggle to survive.  They fight over food with plant eating Tapers, and spar over a watering hole with a rival group.  Then one day, they discover a mysterious object.  A tall, black, perfectly rectangualr slab of something standing on the plains, a monolith.  Soon after this meeting, the man-apes get the idea to use broken bones as tools to hunt with and weapons to fight and kill with, conquering their hungar, and their rivals.  The cheif man-ape then throws a bone into the air and as it rotates, the film cuts to a shot of a space ship mid flight.  The second section of the film, which has no title cover, follows Doctor Haywood Floyd, played by William Silvester, an American scientist traveling to the moon.  Once he arrives at the moon base he reminds his collegues of the need for secerecy and travels with them to a hiddne crator, where they've excavated another monolith, burried eons ago under the lunar surface.  Not long after Floyd approaches the slab and touches it, the alien object immets a loud, and painful sound.  The tripwire has been activated.  Then we move into the films third section titled, Jupiter Mission.  It's 18 months later and we've swapped protagonists again.  This part of the story follows a group of astonauts and their supercomter, Hal, who may or may not be sientient, on a long distance mission to Jupiter. You eventually will learn that there is a connection to the monolith on the moon, but the exact nature of this is never explained.

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