Space Odyssey by Michael Benson

Space Odyssey

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 mixed reviews on its 1968 release. Despite the success of Dr. Strangelove, ...


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TitleSpace Odyssey
ISBN9781501163937
Author
Release DateApr 3rd, 2018
PublisherSimon Schuster
GenreNonfiction, Culture, Film, Media Tie In, Movies, Science
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Reviews Space Odyssey

  • Neil Coulter
    1970-01-01
    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 havoc on any sense of logic in my reading list). As a big fan of 2001: A Space Odyssey, then, when I heard about Michael Benson's new book about the making of the film...
  • Andrew
    1970-01-01
    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 and Kubrick and how the movie came to be that I was blown away again. Read it!
  • False
    1970-01-01
    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 that between Arthur Clark and Stanley Kubrick, and some very kind, liberal executives at MGM, this movie got made. I kept waiting for the financial hatchet to come...
  • Joseph F Cowan
    1970-01-01
    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 scene or dialog. As each revelation unfolds I found myself recalling each scene vividly, intensely. It was like the film was playing as I read. The parsity of illustration...
  • Robin Bonne
    1970-01-01
    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.
  • Stephen Hughes
    1970-01-01
    The best book on filmmaking and filmmakers I’ve ever read, and I’ve read quite a few.
  • R.
    1970-01-01
    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 impossible thing through to completion is that of an indispensable individual. In Danny Boyle's film about Steve Jobs, Wozniak complains, "Someone else designed the b...
  • Doctor Moss
    1970-01-01
    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 how much to leave mysterious.The thing I most love about the movie is that Kubrick and Clarke didn’t explain everything to us — how the monolith works, where it c...
  • Emilio III
    1970-01-01
    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. So, I decided to go to the bookstore to see if I could find something on my own. I picked Arthur C. Clarke's 2001: A Space Oddyesy. I have been an avid reader eve...
  • Kacey
    1970-01-01
    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. I know if I went back and saw it now I would have a much deeper appreciation for it. And reading about it in this book really makes me want to revisit the film. So ...
  • Michael
    1970-01-01
    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, where it was first shown. As a teenager, Clarke was one of several science fiction authors whose novels I purchased with money I earned and read over and over. 2001 wa...
  • Sam Johnson
    1970-01-01
    As soon as I finished this, I asked my wife, "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 extraneous sentence and I've never read anything that suggests Kubrick's method and character in as balanced and believa...
  • jaydro
    1970-01-01
    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 had read in other books (which are listed as sources here) are left out, which makes one wonder if they were incorrect or just victims of editing. It is highly readab...
  • Paul Franco
    1970-01-01
    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 the title, but that wasn’t enough to make it obvious.Quite a bit of writer Arthur C. Clarke’s personal life is in the section of how he and Kubrick eventually met. ...
  • John Kestner
    1970-01-01
    Stanley Kubrick was my favorite filmmaker, and 2001: A Space Odyssey is still my favorite sci-fi film of all-time, so I'm the perfect audience for a book chronicling the creation and production of that film that came out fifty years ago last month. The complicated relationship between Kubrick and Clarke, the challenges of researching space flight and then creating believable special effects, and the development of the plot--rewriting and changing...
  • Taffy
    1970-01-01
    Opening line:"The twentieth century produced two great latter-day iterations of Homer's Odyssey."This book if full of WOW. If you want to know the ins-and-outs of Stanley Kubrick's movie Space Odyssey, this book is the one you want to read. Holy detail, Batman! This book is full of all the background you might, and might not, want to know. How Clarke and Kubrick met, what they were doing when they met, how they collaborated, which was first, the ...
  • William
    1970-01-01
    OK--disclaimer: I'm a huge "2001" fan so I thought I knew a lot about the making of the movie. Thus book provided much background and insight into the creative, business and technical journey it took to make "2001". Long and a bit slow at times, but well worth it. The relationship between Kubrick and Clarke stands out as an area that I had no idea how one-sided it became and how little money Clarke received directly for his role in the film (he m...
  • Robert Monk
    1970-01-01
    A very entertaining story about the making of 2001, mostly focusing on the interaction of Arthur C. Clarke and Stanley Kubrick. Which addresses one of the big questions that many have: how much did Clarke actually have to do with the whole thing? The answer appears to be: quite a bit. Kubrick apparently got a lot from one of the big names in science fiction. Indeed, it makes Kubrick out to be a pretty benign dictator (if one who was pretty loathe...
  • Heather
    1970-01-01
    You wanna know about 2001 Space Odyssey? All the background that went into the movie? All the thoughts & ideas? Then read this book. I was amazed at all the info that you got from this book. The movie was amazing but after reading this book it makes you appreciate the movie so much more.This is a non-fiction book, so I am quite honestly not a reader of non-fiction so my review is not as in depth as it would be for a fiction book. I rarely read no...
  • Hugh F B Howell
    1970-01-01
    Couldn't put it down As an ardent 2001 A Space Odyssey fan, I have always wondered how it was done. Now I know and will watch the film with renewed awe. Michael Benson tells the story of how the project came about, and the people who lived it, with great empathy. Celebrating 50 years since the film's release, Benson has done an excellent job.
  • Brady Caverly
    1970-01-01
    While it certainly betrays the author's promise, in the forward, that it is "no hagiography," after the first chapters, I could literally not put it down. Found myself anxious for an opportunity to get back to it whenever I was away and finished it in a matter of days.If you are a fan of the film this book is absolutely FASCINATING!
  • Christopher Hellstrom
    1970-01-01
    Michael Benson did a good job chronicling the making of this film and the subsequent reactions over the years. I like the way he compares 2001 to James Joyce's Ulysses at the start as they both allude to Homer's epic and ambitiously explore what it meant to be alive in the 20th century.
  • William
    1970-01-01
    I must admit to having a preternatural love of this film and would have loved to have been a fly on the wall during each step of its creation. Mike Benson has done an amazing job at giving me that experience and I am grateful.
  • Timothy Langhorst
    1970-01-01
    So I was one of the teenagers who loved 2001 when it first came out. The vision for the future was incredible. The visual impact was stunning. So the details in this book about how the movie was made, and the various personalities that brought it all together, were fascinating to me.
  • Chad
    1970-01-01
    Wouldn't you know it, now I really want to rewatch 2001: A Space Odyssey.
  • John Day
    1970-01-01
    A brilliant book. Excellent story of all aspects of 2001: A Space Odyssey.
  • Eric Bottorff
    1970-01-01
    If you love *2001: A Space Odyssey*, you need to read this book--you'll come away even more impressed with its technical and artistic accomplishments.
  • Rob
    1970-01-01
    Essential for any fan of the film.