The Sentinel and 2001: a Space Odyssey

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Abstract Within the pages of a book, authors are able to create great visual images of locations and landscapes by using elaborate and descriptive words. Sometimes these images are transferred into an actual visual by the subsequent creation of films based upon these great works. “2001: A Space Odyssey” by Stanley Kubrick is an example of such as it is based upon the literary short story, “The Sentinel” by Arthur C. Clarke. Kubrick has done an astounding job at developing the original short story by combining music with visual images way before it’s time. The film allows its viewers to see the original short story told by Clarke, creatively expanded and elaborated upon in comparison with great detail. Table of Contents Introduction…show more content…
2001: A Space Odyssey by Stanley Kubrick, 1968 “2001: A Space Odyssey” is a film loosely based on the short story “The Sentinel”. It is based on an alien species that has placed monoliths on different planets in order to evaluate the evolution of mankind. After a space exploration to the moon, the explorers discover the second monolith on the moon. When the sunlight hits the monolith for the first time it sends a piecing signal towards the planet Jupiter. The United States then send another spaceship to the distant planet. The spaceship is equipped with an artificial intelligence computer named Hal. On board the spaceship are astronauts David Bowman, Frank Poole, and three others frozen in cryogenic pods. Hal, the super computer who is in control of the ship, informs the crew that there has been a component failure on one of the antennas. Poole is sent out to replace the component when Hal severs his lifeline. Bowman ventures out to rescue Poole but Hal closes the entry doors and then terminates the lives of the three others on board the ship. Bowman is forced to abandon Poole and go in through the emergency hatch to terminate Hal. He manually shuts down the computer’s memory and logic circuits and continues his journey for Jupiter. Bowman then discovers a third monolith and is sent plunging into a new dimension of time and space. He then stops in a green room, aged
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