Space Odyssey: Stanley Kubrick, Arthur C. Clarke, and the Making of a Masterpiece

Space Odyssey: Stanley Kubrick, Arthur C. Clarke, and the Making of a Masterpiece

Celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the film?s release, this is the definitive story of the making of 2001: A Space Odyssey, acclaimed today as one of the greatest films ever made, including the inside account of how director Stanley Kubrick and writer Arthur C. Clarke created this cinematic masterpiece. Regarded as a masterpiece today, 2001: A Space Odyssey received mi Celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the film?s release, this is the definitive story of the making of 2001: A...

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Title:Space Odyssey: Stanley Kubrick, Arthur C. Clarke, and the Making of a Masterpiece
Author:Michael Benson
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:1501163930
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:512 pages pages

Space Odyssey: Stanley Kubrick, Arthur C. Clarke, and the Making of a Masterpiece Reviews

  • Nate
    Jul 08, 2018
    Excellent and in depth look into my favorite film of all time. Filled with countless trivia, and reads like a page turner. 2001 is such a good piece of art, that peering behind the curtain to see the magician's tricks only heightened my already insane admiration for the movie and ...
  • Ben De Bono
    Jun 10, 2018
    I've read enough about 2001 where I know more or less what to expect when I pick up a new book. Reading multiple books on a single subject requires you to accept a pretty high level of repetition. What I'm usually looking for in those cases is some new details or a fresh take on old de...
  • Andrew
    May 12, 2018
    Fantastic story of the making of 2001. But more than just a behind the scenes story, this book explores the cultural influence if the movie on art, science and philosophy. I saw 2001 in the movie theater and it blew me away. But there was so much I didn?t know about Arthur C. Clarke ...
  • Michael
    May 05, 2018
    I have found that well executed "making of [move title]" books like this enjoyable. This one is a bit long at over 400 pages, but drew me in and kept my attention. I am old enough that I went to see 2001 as a young teenager. In fact, I saw it at the Uptown Theater in Washington DC,...
  • R.
    Apr 09, 2018
    Compulsively readable and filled with both technical detail and human interest, the book conveys something of a paradox. So much of the film turns out to have been profoundly collaborative and at times surprisingly random, and yet the portrait of Kubrick at the helm shepherding this im...
  • Erik Olsen
    Aug 01, 2018
    Younger people have little idea how impactful the film 2001: A Space Odyssey was when it first came out. It inspired a whole generation of filmmakers, including major names like Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and James Cameron. The film is visually sumptuous, employing cutting edge spe...
  • Paul Franco
    May 07, 2018
    Yep, yet another written documentary on the movie. For someone who?s a big fan of Homer, it never came close to occurring to me that this movie might be right out of The Odyssey as much as Ulysses is; the author really enjoyed making comparisons to that one. Yes, I know it?s in th...
  • False
    Apr 20, 2018
    I had to rate this book "really liked" based solely on the amount of research the author put into this subject. At times, it felt like drudgery reading it, much like Keir Dullea endlessly going around Space Station 5's jogging track (which Kubrick later cut.) Nonetheless, it is amazing...
  • Ms.pegasus
    Jul 21, 2018
    It may surprise many readers that 2001: A Space Odyssey initially had a poor critical reception. During the premier, many attendees left at the intermission. Pauline Kael, Stanley Kauffmann and Andrew Sarris, eminent critics of the time, panned it. Author Michael Benson observes: ?....
  • Phillip Ramm
    Jul 06, 2018
    Some eye-opening stories about the making of this monumental movie. There's is lots of detail in the fine art of model making and film splicing in the pre-digital era that you make your jaw drop when you watch the movie again. Kubrick doesn't shine as a beacon of moral rectitude in the...
  • Gary Schroeder
    Jul 29, 2018
    Works of art (or any fully formed ?thing?) somehow give the appearance of having always existed. As if there could be no world in which they didn?t exist. It?s easy to regard grand, harmonious works as simply having been brought to completion by the work?s author, architect, ...
  • Gary Daly
    Jun 30, 2018
    Getting into my Kindle and saving space on my bookshelves, which are overflowing. An interesting read even if you haven?t seen the Stanley Kubrick movie 2001: A Space Odyssey. This biography of a film examines in painstaking detail the overwhelming four year production that not o...
  • Kat
    Jun 21, 2018
    This was an absolutely fascinating book. While I knew a little bit about the making of "2001: A Space Odyssey" and that it is a milestone in film-making, I didn't know just how true it was or all of the blood, sweat, and tears that went into making this innovative, highly over-budget f...
  • Ryan Splenda
    May 26, 2018
    2001: A Spacey Odyssey is regarded as one of the most influential and important movies ever made. It's only fitting that there is now a book that thoroughly examines the making of this landmark film. Michael Benson sweeps through everything from the pre-production meetings between Arth...
  • Stephen Hughes
    May 16, 2018
    The best book on filmmaking and filmmakers I?ve ever read, and I?ve read quite a few. ...
  • Kacey
    May 11, 2018
    I honestly think I was too young the first time I saw this movie. The author says he was six when he saw it which... if he got anything out of it at six, good on him. I think I was a teenager and the parts with the two astronauts were the only parts I understood and liked at the time. ...
  • Leah
    Jun 26, 2018
    Caution: Geniuses at Work This year marks the 50th anniversary of the release of 2001: A Space Odyssey, the masterpiece science fiction film that grew out of a collaboration between two creative geniuses, Arthur C Clarke and Stanley Kubrick. In this book, Michael Benson tells the st...
  • Will Leben
    Jun 11, 2018
    Gripping account of what went into the production of Kubrick's masterpiece. However many obstacles you may anticipate, chances are there are tons more, as Kubrick found. The principals all went through enormous and countless practical and emotional upheavalsh over a period of about...
  • Neil Coulter
    May 06, 2018
    Sometimes when I hear about a new book, I impulsively go to the public library's website and put a hold on it; I worry that otherwise, I might forget all about it in the midst of my endless and ever-growing to-read list (which I probably would; though my impulsiveness really wreaks hav...
  • Sam Johnson
    May 20, 2018
    When's the last time you finished a book and said, This is one of the best books I've ever read? This is one of them: one of the best books about artistic creation ever written and I'm including A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man in that list. In 450 pages, there's not a single ex...
  • Jeff Francis
    Aug 07, 2018
    In the prologue to his ?Space Odyssey: Stanley Kubrick, Arthur C. Clarke, and the Making of a Masterpiece,? author Michael Benson captures why, almost 20 years after the filmmaker?s death, Stanley Kubrick and his oeuvre continue to fascinate. A self-educated polymath, he was in ...
  • Joseph F Cowan
    Apr 05, 2018
    Amazing book. Having met Arthur C Clarke in the late 60's, not long after seeing 2001 for the umpteenth time, I looked forward to reading this book. What happened amazed me. The author presents events, discussing things the way they might have been, and then discussing the final sce...
  • Ian Casey
    Jul 23, 2018
    On its 50th anniversary, is there anything remaining to be said about 2001: A Space Odyssey, being as it is one of the acknowledged greatest films ever? Well, apparently there's at least a little. Michael Benson's book may not be quite the final word on the subject (and his conclusi...
  • Robin Bonne
    Mar 09, 2018
    I loved 2001: A Space Odyssey and enjoyed learning more about the creation of the film and book. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free copy of this ebook. ...
  • Emilio III
    May 20, 2018
    When I was in my early twenties, I had never read a book solely for enjoyment. That changed after I met my wife. Shortly after we were married, she gave me the novel The Shining by Steven King to read. The next book she gave me was The Firm by John Grisham. I enjoyed reading both books...
  • Patrick O'Callaghan
    May 24, 2018
    Wonderful and insightful. Clearly the author is a fan of 2001 and of Kubrick, so we agree on that. I'm also a long-standing fan of Arthur C. Clarke and have read almost all his stand-alone fiction (though not the later collaborations). I almost never buy dead-tree books nowadays but ha...
  • jaydro
    May 07, 2018
    I was hoping for the definitive book on the making of "2001," and while this was good and interesting, it was not that book. It reads more like a collection of memoir highlights from others involved, and while the research seems to have been exhaustive, various bits of information I ha...
  • Darcy
    May 24, 2018
    I first saw 2001: A Space Odyssey when I was a youngster back in 1969. It was an incredible experience that had me rushing out to purchase the novel the next day. Since then I have lost track how many times I have seen the movie, how many articles about it I have read, or how many time...
  • Alexandre Melo
    Jul 24, 2018
    Que 2001 é um marco do cinema nem é preciso comentar, se esse filme não lhe parece nada demais então certamente há algo de muito errado em ti e sugiro que revise urgentemente sua condição humana. No mais, o livro de Benson destrincha todo o processo de concepção, feitura e ...
  • Doctor Moss
    May 07, 2018
    I?m a big fan of 2001: A Space Odyssey, so this book, published around the time of the 50th anniversary of the movie?s release, was a natural for me. I wanted to get some view inside the thinking that went into the plot and, especially the decisions about how much to explain and ho...