A Forty Year Mystery

Saturday and I found my first post of the day…..if you are an old fart as I am then you would have watched 2001: A Space Odyssey in a movie theater and quite possibly you we stoned out of your mind…..but for 40+ years there has been a debate raging about the ending of the movie……basically…..what the Hell was that all about?

What do you think the ending scene is all about?

There is now an answer and the mystery can be solved…..but will it end the debate?

Ever wondered what Stanley Kubrick’s classic sci-fi film 2001: A Space Odyssey is all about? Well, keep wondering, but an excerpt from an unreleased Japanese documentary has Kubrick explaining the film’s mysterious ending, BoingBoing reports. “I’ve tried to avoid doing this ever since the picture came out. When you just say the ideas they sound foolish, whereas if they’re dramatized one feels it, but I’ll try,” the famed director of Dr. Strangelove and The Shining tells TV personality Jun’ichi Yaio in a phone call. “The idea was supposed to be that [the astronaut played by actor Keir Dullea] is taken in by god-like entities, creatures of pure energy and intelligence with no shape or form. They put him in what I suppose you could describe as a human zoo to study him, and his whole life passes from that point on in that room. And he has no sense of time.”

After discussing the “deliberately” inaccurate French architecture of the room in the closing scene, Kubrick says that “when they get finished with him, as happens in so many myths of all cultures in the world, he is transformed into some kind of super being and sent back to Earth, transformed and made into some sort of superman. We have to only guess what happens when he goes back. It is the pattern of a great deal of mythology, and that is what we were trying to suggest.” The footage, posted online late last month, was bought on eBay in 2016 and appeared in time for the film’s 50th anniversary, Esquire reports.

Okay we all can sleep a little better having found out what the ending of the film was all about.

12 thoughts on “A Forty Year Mystery

  1. That explains the final scene, where I thought he finally succumbed to “space fever.” The debate we had when it first came out was about the monolith.

      1. Major developments followed their arrival, so I figured it was a ‘higher being’ who sent it for intellectual enlightenment or something to that effect.

  2. I have seen it a few times, with and without ‘enhanced’ perception. 🙂
    I always thought it might be an explanation of those ‘Chariots of The Gods’ theories that were popular at one time.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. I saw it a few years back and I was not nearly as impressed as I was the first time saw it in the theater…..did you ever get a copy of the movie “Life Force”? chuq

  3. I’m still under the firm belief that you had to have been on acid (like the creators were, I’m sure) to get anything out of it. I tried watching it several times (and succeeded), but it’s so sterile and so little happens until the end that it’s jarring when somebody says or does something that doesn’t seem like an info dump or room in a futuristic expo (the space station scenes before the moon were painful)

      1. I thought it looked good, but I started thinking about all the “dos and don’ts” of writing, “show don’t tell” etc. The space station was pretty interesting to look at, but then there was the info-dumping conversation, and did we really need to see a two minute sequence about how a telephone will work in the future? Would’ve been better if Floyd had been on it to discuss some plot-moving moment, but nope–birthday call.
        And then there’s the soundtrack, and it sounds like the choir was trying to rehearse while somebody threw an angry beehive in the room and the soundman caught it all.

      2. The space station looks like the one envisioned by Von Braun…..the sound track was okay as long as they stay away from Sousa and Strauss…LOL chuq

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