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Remembering HAL, 50 years later

Postby Paz_Pazzaz » Fri Mar 09, 2018 10:28 pm

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Re: Remembering HAL, 50 years later

Postby Dave McElderry » Sat Mar 10, 2018 5:30 am

Have to subscribe to read. :(
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Re: Remembering HAL, 50 years later

Postby Paz_Pazzaz » Sat Mar 10, 2018 10:06 pm

Aw, so sorry. Subscription was not required when I read it... but I can't read it now either. The article addressed the poor ratings from critics the film originally received vs the fact that the film is now considered one of the best 'future visions' ever to have been created. Talked about the very long into without dialog and also described the great lengths Kubric and Clarke went to in their attempt to forecast technology that did not exist at that time. Specifically flat screens, a wide communications system, vision phones, computers multi tasking, HAL's beakdown and 'death' and such. Mentioned that this is one of the very few that does not create whoosh and zooming sounds to simulate space travel...

Some of the comments by people who saw it at the time, either did 'get it' or did not. How many times they may have seen it before they did understand. Some who had already read the book. Some who were science fiction fans in general. (As I was, back then.) Some who saw it when they were stoned and their reactions to the colors-zoom through...

Here's another article that also compares now and then: (hopefully it won't require payment as soon as this link is posted!)

https://www.wired.com/2015/08/amazingly ... e-odyssey/
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Re: Remembering HAL, 50 years later

Postby Dave McElderry » Sat Mar 10, 2018 10:31 pm

Good article. Thanks Paz. “ ...would be a computer into which men went, rather than a computer around which men walked." That always just seemed right to me. Hal wasn’t a toy. It was a very large and sophisticated computer that controlled every aspect of the ship. Of course it was large. Or at least it seemed it had to be at the time. I can’t imagine anyone getting anything of value out of the movie without having read the book first (which I did). It was almost as if Kubrick wasn’t going to bother explaining it to you. You either already knew what was going on or too bad. No handholding on that one!
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Re: Remembering HAL, 50 years later

Postby sidd finch » Mon Mar 12, 2018 11:41 am

The Wikipedia article is also very interesting about how they got some of the shots for the movie.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2001:_A_Space_Odyssey_(film)

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