This cover image released by Simon & Schuster shows "Space Odyssey: Stanley Kubrick, Arthur C. Clarke, and the Making of a Masterpiece," by Michael Benson. (Simon & Schuster via AP)
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'Space Odyssey' robustly explores Kubrick's '2001'Fifty years ago, moviegoers had their minds blown by director Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey". Part of Kubrick's genius – and that of his co-screenwriter, novelist Arthur C. Clarke – was not to spell out everything, thus challenging people to ponder the futuristic mythology unspooling before them."Space Odyssey: Stanley Kubrick, Arthur C. Clarke, and the Making of a Masterpiece" is a movie wonk's dream, launching its rich narrative with the written invitation from Kubrick to Clarke in 1964 to create what Kubrick hoped would be the first "really good" science fiction film.Benson explains in great detail the narrative hurdles Kubrick and Clarke faced as they tried to stay true to what might be possible in space exploration three-plus decades in the future.
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