2001: A Space Odyssey
Science fiction films have long pushed the boundaries of cinematic special effects while drawing inspiration from literature and the latest deep-space discoveries. The Kansas City Public Library offers Cinema Across the Universe every Saturday throughout July 2009 at 1:30 p.m. in the Stanley H. Durwood Film Vault at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
This film series complements the new Central Library exhibit Visions of the Universe, which promotes awareness of astronomy’s contributions to society and culture. The exhibit is on display from July 5 through August 30.
The film series includes:
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) on July 11. Director Stanley Kubrick demonstrates his unmatched mastery of sight and sound in this epic and controversial film that spans the whole of human history. Following a confrontation with a supercomputer that kills his entire crew, astronaut David Bowman (Keir Dullea) makes a journey that leads to the next step in human evolution. Rated G. (143 min.)
Silent Running (1972) on July 18. This biting ecological fable follows a botanist (Bruce Dern) circling through space in a freighter containing the last existing plants from Earth, where all vegetation has died. When he’s ordered to abandon the project, the botanist revolts. A thought-provoking story of a man’s relationships with machines, nature, and himself, in the face of total isolation. Rated G. (90 min.)
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) on July 25. A barrage of UFOs surprises an Indiana town and leads lineman Roy Leary on a journey he will never forget. Richard Dreyfuss and acclaimed director Francois Truffaut star in this Academy Award-winning film that sparked a whole new genre of contemporary sci-fi films. Rated PG. (135 min.)