Actually, it’s not just 2001: A Space Odyssey that’s playing on the big screen: TIFF Cinematheque is running a series called Stanley Kubrick: A Cinematic Odyssey from October 31 – with a well-timed showing of The Shining – through January 2015. It’s being presented in conjunction with the Kubrick exhibition on show at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, so that’s reason enough to go. But you should also go because over the next two months and change, they’re screening literally all of Kubrick’s films (plus some related ones like Rodney Ascher’s documentary Room 237 and Steven Spielberg’s A.I. Artificial Intelligence).
But really, if you’re going to go to one movie, you should probably go to see Kubrick’s 1968 science fiction masterpiece starring Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood. 2001 is almost 50 years old and is still an incredible, breathtaking experience. I’ve had the opportunity to see it on the big screen before, and it’s simply awe-inspiring; few films are as audacious and technically masterful. Kubrick’s beautiful marriage of science fiction and art film is evocative, oddly moving, and profound. This is one of the great films, and I’d be remiss if I didn’t tell everyone I know to go see it on the big screen.
Most films throughout the series feature an introduction (Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood on 2001, Alan Cumming on Eyes Wide Shut, Jesse Wente on The Killing); you can find the complete schedule and ticket information here.
Now watch this awesome trailer for 2001 commissioned by the British Film Institute for a limited U.K. theatrical run. Still looks pretty incredible, right?