Science on Screen®: 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY

Watch Trailer Director: Stanley Kubrick
Writer(s): Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke
Cast: Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood and William Sylvester
Awards: Won an Academy Award for Best Special Visual Effects, 1969


Anthropology and Human Evolution: Past, Present, and Future

A discussion on how far we’ve come and what the next step in evolution will look like with paleo-artist John Gurche.

About the film

Stanley Kubrick’s dazzling, Academy Award-winning achievement is an allegorical puzzle on the evolution of man and a compelling drama of man vs. machine. Kubrick first visits the prehistoric age-ancestry past, then leaps millennia (via one of the most mind-blowing jump cuts ever) into colonized space, and ultimately whisks astronaut Bowman into uncharted space, perhaps even into immortality.

About the speaker

John Gurche’s award winning work has appeared on the covers of National Geographic, Discover and Natural History Magazines and his work can be seen at the Smithsonian, the Field Museum, and the American Museum of Natural History, among others. Of prime importance in this work are scientific accuracy and a high degree of realism that will transport the viewer in time. His work focuses especially on human origins and on dinosaurs, but includes other ancient life as well.



Science on Screen® is an initiative of the Coolidge Corner Theatre, with major support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The Science on Screen program pairs films with a short talk with a scientist or technology expert. The free Science on Screen events are fun and engaging, offering dynamic speakers an unexpected jumping point to teach their field of expertise in a way that is accessible to a diverse audience.


Free admission to this event is provided by Arts for OHIO.


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Running Time: 160 minutes160 MIN
G Rated
This Film is Wheelchair Accessible