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Photograph: Courtesy of Warner Bros.A scene on Space Station V, featuring red Djinn chairs, in 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (1968, Dir. Stanley Kubrick).

You can see a rare behind-the-scenes exhibit of Space Odyssey at the Museum of Moving Image right now

Shaye Weaver

The Museum of the Moving Image is giving a rare look inside the making of one of the most significant films ever made.

Now through July 19, fans of Stanley Kubrick's 2001: Space Odyssey will get to see the actual concept sketches for Clavius Base, costumes, including a space suit worn in the Clauvius Base scene and the Moonwatcher ape suit in the Dawn of Man scene, storyboards, contact sheets, test films and photos of the Stargate special effects sequence.

As part of "Envisioning 2001: Stanley Kubrick's Space Odyssey," the museum is also giving visitors a chance to see the film during regular screenings, hear from film experts like the special photographic effects supervisor for the film and a space historian, during panels and special events.

Ape mask, 1967. Designed by Stuart Freeborn (foreground) and Discovery spacesuit helmet, 1965. Designed by Harry Lange.
Photograph: Courtesy Skye Morse-Hodgson / Museum of the Moving Image

The 1968 film, which we think is one of the best movies of all time, was released in 1968 and depicts the complicated relationship between humanity and the technology it has created. How could we forget HAL 9000's frightening line, "I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that?"

In 1991, it was found to be "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" by the U.S. Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.

Clavius Moon Base spacesuit (silver) (designed by Harry Lange) and Discovery space suit (red/orange) (designed by Harry Lange).
Photograph: Courtesy Thanassi Karageorgiou / Museum of the Moving Image

"2001: Space Odyssey has influenced generations of directors and artists, and continues to captivate audiences around the world," said Carl Goodman, the executive director at MoMI. "We are proud to be the first North American museum to present this remarkable exhibition. It is especially fitting that this exhibition will be presented here at MoMI, where screening 2001 in its original 70mm format has become an annual tradition, and our public spaces, including the spectacular Redstone Theater, are deliberately evocative of the film."

On the Hotel Room set of 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (1968, Dir. Stanley Kubrick). Kubrick is shown at center behind the camera.
Photograph: Courtesy of Warner Bros.

(It's also fitting because there's a Super Snow Moon on Sunday.)

The Museum of the Moving Image is at 36-01 35th Avenue in Astoria. General admission tickets are $15 and film screenings are $15. Special events vary in price.


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