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2001 in 2008: A Cinematic Odyssey


Wednesday, May 21st at 8:00pm at the Samuel Goldwyn Theatre

The Academy’s Science and Technology Council presents

2001 in 2008: A Cinematic Odyssey

Hosted by Douglas Trumbull and Tom Hanks

“How could we possibly appreciate the Mona Lisa if Leonardo had written at the bottom of the canvas: ‘The lady is smiling because she is hiding a secret from her lover.’ This would shackle the viewer to reality, and I don't want this to happen to 2001.” - Stanley Kubrick

The Academy’s celebration of the 40th anniversary of 2001: A Space Odyssey continues with a special “behind the scenes” evening hosted by Douglas Trumbull and Tom Hanks. “2001 in 2008: A Cinematic Odyssey” will feature never-before-seen images and clips from the making of Stanley Kubrick’s Academy Award®-winning science fiction masterpiece.

Special effects pioneer Douglas Trumbull was one of four photographic effects supervisors on the set when 2001: A Space Odyssey began filming on December 17, 1965, at MGM British Studios in Borehamwood, England. This was Trumbull’s first job on a feature film, and working with Kubrick had a profound impact on him and his career. By contrast, Oscar® winner and Academy governor Tom Hanks was a junior high school student in Oakland, California, when he saw the film for the first time. Many dozens of viewings later, his interests and artistic choices reflect a continuing passion for this amazing work.

Although Kubrick was somewhat secretive regarding the making of 2001: A Space Odyssey, the Kubrick Archives were recently donated to the University of the Arts in London, and David D. Larson, who has been researching a book on the film’s history for the last eight years, gained unprecedented access to the collection. Trumbull aided Larson by identifying and contextualizing many items from the trove of original artwork, memos, call sheets, photographs and other artifacts; highlights of these discoveries will be included in “2001 in 2008.”

Complementing the presentation will be a lobby display of actual items used in the film, including a spacesuit, helmets and set elements, all on loan from private collections.

Tickets available May 1. Tickets are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID. Tickets may be purchased ONLINE, by mail (HTML or PDF format) or at the Academy during regular business hours. The Samuel Goldwyn Theater is located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills. Doors open at 7 p.m. All seating is unreserved. For additional information, please call the Academy at (310) 247-3600.

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