Roadshow Premiere ’68

After its gala Washington premiere, 2001: A SPACE ODYESSY went into reserved Road-Show 70mm Cinerama release over the course of the next two years. Reading the collected criticism of the day, the film garnered exactly the diverse reaction some have to this day. “I think 2001 is some sort of great film and an unforgettable endeavor,” Penelope Gilliant wrote in her “The New Yorker” review. All the critics were duly impressed by the design and effects, some less so by the story and structure. A nervous Stanley Kubrick cut out 20 minutes after the first rather disastrous preview screening, then relaxed as the film went onto to become an instant classic, one of the biggest hits of the year and a true cultural event (John Lennon said it should be “shown daily in a cathedral). If I had a time machine, yes, I’d take care of Hitler and then buy my way into the April 2, 1968 premiere. Here’s a rare unavailable MGM teaser that shows a few unseen effect shots, and hopefully we’ll someday get to see those edited 20 minutes, which still exist…

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8 Responses to “Roadshow Premiere ’68”

  1. that grainy black n white one sheet is bonza

    (where are the excised 20 mins, with the kubrick estate? i’ve read about them in what seems like a fair bit of detail, but i wonder, if stanley kubrick didn’t want them viewed by the masses then perhaps we never WILL see them, in this life anyway…)

    • christian Says:

      Apparently the footage was just announced as “discovered” in some underground bunker, but has been know for some time.

      “The additional footage from 2001: A Space Odyssey has always existed in the Warner vaults. When [director Stanley] Kubrick trimmed the 17 minutes from 2001 after the NY premiere, he made it clear the shortened version was his final edit. The film is as he wanted it to be presented and preserved and Warner Home Video has no plans to expand or revise Mr. Kubrick’s vision.”

      It’s up to the Kubrick estate, yes? Wish they would throw us a flying bone.

      • discovered in some underground bunker, that’s somehow fitting. goodness, it doesn’t sound hopeful to see it in some form any time soon, does it. i don’t think i’d like to see a retrofitted ‘director’s cut’ version of the film – that seems disrespectful to the legend that is SK – but it would be fascinating to see the footage just to try and get a feeling for why kubrick gave it the chop.

        • christian Says:

          Warners put the kibosh on Doug;as Trumball’s documentary, which would have shown us sights like the unused aliens, etc.

  2. Oh man, to see those excised 20 minutes. I think this is probably my fave Kubrick film. Just masterful on every conceivable level. Some day I hope to see this on the big screen, preferably in 70mm.

    • christian Says:

      Can’t believe you haven’t seen this on the big screen – I’ll say you haven’t seen it until you see it in 70mm.

  3. Christopher Dalton Says:

    Hopefully, we’ll one day view those scenes of missing footage. Like many fans, I, too am curious to see the scenes that Stanley Kubrick edited from the film’s final cut.

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