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The making of 2001: A Space Odyssey – Christopher Frayling on the history of Kubrick’s groundbreaking production design, and David Robinson on the set of the film.

The making of 2001: A Space Odyssey – Christopher Frayling on the history of Kubrick’s groundbreaking production design, and David Robinson on the set of the film.

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COVER FEATURE: The creation of 2001: A Space Odyssey

Stanley Kubrick was determined the design for his “definitive attempt” at the science-fiction film should represent a decisive break with Hollywood norms – and who better to enlist to his cause than a pair of spacecraft consultants poached from the very heart of NASA itself? By Christopher Frayling.

Plus: David and his goliaths

In this extract from an essay in Sight & Sound in spring 1966, Two for the sci-fi, David Robinson describes Kubrick’s tireless perfectionism, which he observed during a visit to the set of 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Here be monsters

Leviathan, Andrey Zvyagintsev’s tense drama about a man struggling to save his family home from a tyrannical mayor in a village on the Barents Sea, offers a savage portrait of the corruption and lawlessness endemic in contemporary Russian society. By Ian Christie.

Conversation piece

With echoes of Shakespeare, Chekhov and Bergman, Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Winter Sleep is a claustrophobic, psychologically acute chamber drama exploring the self-delusions and failed relationships of a proud, vain hotelier in an isolated region of Turkey. By Geoff Andrew.

Watching the river flow

It’s impossible now to watch an old-fashioned western like Howard Hawks’s Red River or Rio Bravo with the same eyes we did in, say, the 1970s or even the late 40s, but their influence on the cultural landscape still colours the way we receive modern counterparts like The Homesman. By David Thomson.

Dreams of a life

Steve James’s Life Itself is an infectiously warm account of the career of the late Pulitzer prize-winning US film critic Roger Ebert, charting his near 50-year relationship with the Chicago Sun-Times, his pioneering work on television and his enthusiastic late-life conversion to blogging. By Nick Bradshaw.

Holy motors

Stations of the Cross, Dietrich Brüggemann’s exploration of a teenage girl’s growing religious fanaticism, is the latest in a string of films exploring Christianity and its adherents – a trend that hints at a wider cultural and spiritual disquiet at the heart of the contemporary world. By Catherine Wheatley.

 

Reviews

Films of the month

Concerning Violence
The Homesman
Sacro GRA

plus reviews of

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Annabelle
Bang Bang!
Björk: Biophilia Live
Black Butler
The Book of Life
The Case Against 8
Citizenfour
Dracula Untold
The Drop
Fury
Giovanni’s Island
Going Away
The Great Museum
Haider
Hockney
Honeymoon
I Am Ali
The Imitation Game
Leviathan
Life Itself
Luna
Mary Is Happy, Mary Is Happy.
My Old Lady
The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman
Night Train to Lisbon
No Good Deed
The November Man
The Possibilities Are Endless
The Remaining
The Rewrite
Say When
Serena
Set Fire to the Stars
The Skeleton Twins
Stations of the Cross
Third Person
This Is Where I Leave You
What We Do in the Shadows
Winter Sleep

Features

COVER FEATURE: The creation of 2001: A Space Odyssey

Stanley Kubrick was determined the design for his “definitive attempt” at the science-fiction film should represent a decisive break with Hollywood norms – and who better to enlist to his cause than a pair of spacecraft consultants poached from the very heart of NASA itself? By Christopher Frayling.

Plus: David and his goliaths

In this extract from an essay in Sight & Sound in spring 1966, Two for the sci-fi, David Robinson describes Kubrick’s tireless perfectionism, which he observed during a visit to the set of 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Here be monsters

Leviathan, Andrey Zvyagintsev’s tense drama about a man struggling to save his family home from a tyrannical mayor in a village on the Barents Sea, offers a savage portrait of the corruption and lawlessness endemic in contemporary Russian society. By Ian Christie.

Conversation piece

With echoes of Shakespeare, Chekhov and Bergman, Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Winter Sleep is a claustrophobic, psychologically acute chamber drama exploring the self-delusions and failed relationships of a proud, vain hotelier in an isolated region of Turkey. By Geoff Andrew.

Watching the river flow

It’s impossible now to watch an old-fashioned western like Howard Hawks’s Red River or Rio Bravo with the same eyes we did in, say, the 1970s or even the late 40s, but their influence on the cultural landscape still colours the way we receive modern counterparts like The Homesman. By David Thomson.

Dreams of a life

Steve James’s Life Itself is an infectiously warm account of the career of the late Pulitzer prize-winning US film critic Roger Ebert, charting his near 50-year relationship with the Chicago Sun-Times, his pioneering work on television and his enthusiastic late-life conversion to blogging. By Nick Bradshaw.

Holy motors

Stations of the Cross, Dietrich Brüggemann’s exploration of a teenage girl’s growing religious fanaticism, is the latest in a string of films exploring Christianity and its adherents – a trend that hints at a wider cultural and spiritual disquiet at the heart of the contemporary world. By Catherine Wheatley.

 

Reviews

Films of the month

Concerning Violence
The Homesman
Sacro GRA

plus reviews of

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Annabelle
Bang Bang!
Björk: Biophilia Live
Black Butler
The Book of Life
The Case Against 8
Citizenfour
Dracula Untold
The Drop
Fury
Giovanni’s Island
Going Away
The Great Museum
Haider
Hockney
Honeymoon
I Am Ali
The Imitation Game
Leviathan
Life Itself
Luna
Mary Is Happy, Mary Is Happy.
My Old Lady
The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman
Night Train to Lisbon
No Good Deed
The November Man
The Possibilities Are Endless
The Remaining
The Rewrite
Say When
Serena
Set Fire to the Stars
The Skeleton Twins
Stations of the Cross
Third Person
This Is Where I Leave You
What We Do in the Shadows
Winter Sleep

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