one ape wakes up and discovers a black monolith. First the audience does not see why the ape is so upset; a reaction shot shows that there is something outside the frame that disturbs the ape (Figure 2). That reaction shot makes it possible to “[…] get the entire emotional content of the scene” (Brown 24). Music in the form of a choir is audible and gets louder over time. A long shot from a higher angle reveals the reason for the ape’s reaction - a black monolith has appeared in front of the tribe.
before our main characters are presented with the monolith for the first time the rooms and spaces they inhabit are square and sharp in nature. The meeting room on the Clavius, HAL’s core on the Discovery. This impending doom is a subtly hint by Kubrick, an indication that the monolith is about to appear, the sharp lines and dark interiors replace smooth curves and white walls. All this gives a sense of dread and powerlessness from the onset of the monolith. Humans are simply pawns, running about. White
possesses many humanlike characteristics. The discussion about science leads into the second point of monoliths and technology. www.dictionary.com defines a monolith as something, such as a column or monument, made from one large block of stone. This is first portrayed in the first couple of scenes in the movie. As the gorilla finds the monolith, picks it up and uses it as a weapon to kill prey. Next, when the gorilla throws the bone up in to the air, it becomes a space ship
conjunction with the space race that occurred during World War 2. Some even go as far as to say that the same set used in “2001: A Space Odyssey” was used to fake the moon landing of 1969. However, theories with more evidence suggest that the iconic monolith doesn’t represent aliens or “God”, but instead represents the cinema screen of which we are viewing. The artistic importance of “2001: A Space Odyssey” is derived from its ability procure various conclusions. The story begins at the dawn of time
There are an abundance of similarities found in the visual and audio representations in Arthur C. Clarke's short story, "The Sentinel", and those found in director Stanley Kubrick's film, 2001: A Space Odyssey. Clark actually aided Kubrick in writing the script for the movie, which was in no small part based on the work of literature the author had previously written (Soriano, 2008). To that end, Kubrick's film functions as an example of many of the concepts originally denoted by Clark in "The Sentinel"
central meaning of a Space Odyssey is portrayed in the scene where astronaut David Bowman arrives at the perplexing monolith. After dissembling Hal, the symbol for technological advancement, Bowman continues to venture towards Saturn where he finally arrives at the monolith and uncovers its mysteries. Bowman sees himself aging over time until he is lying on his deathbed with the monolith overlooking him. Bowman is then transformed from a physical being into a spiritual space baby. This suggests that
explain the similarities and differences between “The Sentinel” and 2001: A Space Odyssey. There are many similarities and differences between “The Sentinel” and 2001: A Space Odyssey. The obvious similarity is the crystal pyramid in the story and the monolith in the film. According to Dictionary.com a sentinel is described as a) a person or thing that watches or stands as if watching and, b) a character used to indicate
also some major differences. The story started with pre-historic ‘humans’ called man-apes. The man-apes were very primitive and on the brink of survival. One day, a huge monolith showed up and started messing with their minds and teaching them new concepts. In the book, each of the man-apes became ‘possessed’ by the monolith and forced to try new things, like tying knots and throwing rocks. Moon-Watcher was one of the chosen ones because
While being a technical marvel, 2001: A Space Odyssey simultaneously presents a superb narrative motivated by profound themes and acted out by a meticulous cast of characters. Director Stanley Kubrick succeeds in creating this insightful film through the usage of many design elements including camerawork, sound, setting, and mise-en-scène. As dialogue throughout the film is minimal, these principles of design are employed to shape the viewer’s sense of each aspect of the film and, consequently, the
humans and black “monoliths” that allegedly affect human evolution. The movie is divided into four major parts. The first part covers the Dawn of Man as it shows presumably the first beings to walk the earth. These beings are known as herbivorous hominids or more commonly known as apes. They forage for food and eventually come upon a black monolith. After the first monolith is introduced, several more appear as the movie develops. After an unusual signal is emitted by one of the monoliths found on the