Hidden Meaning of 2001: A Space Odyssey – Earthling Cinema

Hidden Meaning of 2001: A Space Odyssey – Earthling Cinema


Greetings, and welcome to Earthling Cinema, where we examine the last remaining artifacts of a once proud culture, and try
to understand what human lives were like before their planet was destroyed. I am your host, Garyx Wormuloid. This week’s
film is 2001: A Space Odyssey, named after the year 2001, when humans traveled into space
for the first time. Considered a masterpiece, 2001 tells a familiar
narrative: ape meets ape, ape meets Monolith, ape meets tool, tool meets ape, tool meets
spaceship, spaceship meets spaceship, spaceship meets boy, boy meets supercomputer, boy meets
Stargate, baby meets planet. A classic story. But what does it all mean? In the first act, we see a group of early
humans chased off their land by another faction of equally early humans. They soon discover
the Monolith, and, awed by its majesty, congregate around it and touch it with their grimy fingers.
The Monolith grants them Reason, or at least as close to reason as one can expect on a
Class 7 planet. Reason yields the invention of the tool, and turns the ape-men into carnivores,
like how I used to be before I married a vegan. The ape-man celebrates his newfound dominance
by throwing his bone into the air — fellas, you know what I’m talking about — at which
point the filmmakers employ a match cut to the spaceship. This is the most famous cut in Earth’s film
history, and an example of what Soviet filmmaking pioneers called “Intellectual Montage.” The
collision of two unrelated images creates meaning. The spaceship, like the bone, is
a tool. This new technology is the direct result of
four million years of using reason. Other technological advancement include hats… And a big, circular treadmill. The Monolith appears again, this time on one of Earth’s fifty-some odd moons. But when the astronauts approach the Monolith, they
behave differently from their savvy ape forebears. Whereas the apes approach it with reverence,
the humans, however, approach arrogantly, as if they have discovered, and thus, conquered
it. “Congratulations on your discovery. Which may well prove to be among the most significant in the history of science.” They even try to take a picture of themselves standing beside it using an enormous cellular phone, probably a Samsung Galaxy Note. They think of it as their “catch.”
The Monolith is none too pleased. Throughout the movie, the camera dwells on
images of technology, and the main characters are “saturated” in the lights emitted by said
technology. It may be a stretch to call it “technology,” they haven’t even developed a warp drive. Nevertheless, earthlings have become so dependent on technology that it has come
to define their stage of humanity. And in deep space, humanity is out of its
element. Even with all those cute little gadgets and gizmos, in the infinitive unknown, the
Earthlings are nothing but children — or, as Earthlings call them, tadpoles. Astronauts
have to relearn their basic bodily functions… …and their food resembles baby food. For
anyone repulsed by the sight of human digestion, please turn away now. Indeed, with the humans infantilized, Hal
is the most dynamic character, “The most reliable computer ever made.” not to mention the snappiest dresser. Hal is frequently shot in closeup, as
the camera deliberately tries not to feature human faces in most conversations. The astronauts
don’t really have distinguishing characteristics, other than their frail bodies and gangly limbs.
They are stoic and speak in banalities; “Yeah, looks like you’re right. I resign.” Hal is the only one to express anxiety or fear. “I’m a prey.” In a sense, the humans are more robotic than
their robot counterpart, who is a robot. But if Hal is the paragon of reason, the monolith
seeks to show Dr. Bowman what lies beyond reason. Of course, his puny mind can’t comprehend
the complexities of that realm, so he just sees a bunch of pretty colors. For those of
us who know what it’s really like, respect. The film ends on an optimistic note. The Monolith
reveals itself to an elderly Dr. Bowman and he is reborn as a giant space baby overlooking
the Earth, which was uncommon for humans of that era. This sequence hints at the ideas
of renewal and evolution. If you watch the movie high, this hints at every idea
you could ever imagine. For Earthling Cinema, I am Garyx Wormuloid.
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100 thoughts on “Hidden Meaning of 2001: A Space Odyssey – Earthling Cinema

  1. I have noisey neighbours, I tried to ask nicely and got abuse so I leave this film on every day when I go out at max volume but then.. I got sucked in to it lol I have had it on almost like a loop for over a week now or when I been home at least its so original and amazing as film quite unique

  2. No no no the fetus represents humanity less than infantile comprehension of the universe. The only thing I don't understand is the room

  3. I always thought that Dr. B traveled into infinity, and with no time, he can see himself as a baby and as an elderly man.

  4. I remember seeing this in the cinema back during one of its once-every-seven-years re-releases. MGM used to roll this, Doctor Zhivago, Lawrence of Arabia, and the like so we could see it up on the big screen before even VHS, let alone dvd, blu ray or the like made such releases seemingly imprudent. But having seen it in 70 MM, on a huge screen, with a loud stereo system blasting – I can say anyone who watches this on a 'home theatre' will not get the same experience.

    At the end, I sat in my seat – much as I did at the end of Interstellar – and quake. Does it all hang together? Is it perfect? No, and no.

    But film isn't about perfection, it is about perception. And this movie is a tour de force.

  5. anyone else think this movie is insanely overrated? I mean it had fantastical shots and music, but everyone makes this film out to be the best thing put to film on the planet. even the Shining was superior to this imo, at least it had structure and characters. This just feels like an experimental short film that went on for too long.

  6. Robert Ager's reviews of Kubrick's films are a MUST WATCH for hidden meanings!

    There is SO much more under this film and it's networks of symbols that all say basically the same thing.
    "Grow up, Humanity."

  7. Your comments about the bone / spaceship scene is wrong. It is not a spaceship, it is an orbiting H-bomb. If you look close you can see them around the entire planet. That scene was meant to illustrate the discovery of man's first weapon (the bone) to his ultimate weapon, the orbiting hydrogen bomb.

  8. On a Jeremy Jahn's video, some of his subscribers described 2001 as "a sleep fest," "overrated," "boring af," "a shit film," "the movie sucks balls," & "Nolan made a better version."

    Just shows the ignorance of a fan-base of an generic "reviewer."

  9. 2:30 I have a hyperdrive suckers. John Luc-Picard is as pissed as if someone told a Klingon that his manhood is the size of a twig

  10. Watching a computer murder humans and then a human getting payback by slowly murdering the computer–was oddly satisfying. Fuck HAL.

  11. Maybe the birth of the Homo Ludens– An entity that exists beyond reason.

    The monolith demonstrates a symbolism of a fourth wall, or, as much more of the symbolism in the movie tells to turn the monolith sideways, a movie screen.
    But the Monolith, given it's also its' own entity, decides to show Dr. Bowman what life is like through and beyond the fourth wall.

    Dr. Bowman becomes aware that he is part of a fiction. But that fiction is real to him.
    The monolith grows Dr. Bowman into a Space Baby, to break him from the cage of fiction. Dr. Bowman lives on as a sentient idea, born out of the reasoning of humans, but able to live on beyond the reasoning of humans.

  12. The "spaceship" alluded to at 1:23 is a orbiting nuclear weapons platform. The match cut helps draw a connection between the two objects as exemplars of primitive and advanced tools respectively, and serves as a summary of humanity's technological advancement up to that point. The satellite is unidentified in the film, but the novel makes it clear that it is an orbital weapon platform, thus linking with the use of the bone as a weapon.

  13. After learning about this movie, my suspicions of Hideaki Anno being greatly influenced by Stanley Kubric, are now fully convinced.

  14. still cant understand a thing after finishing a 2 and half hour film,
    it's all on our interpretation on how we look to the monolith as a device of moving the plot or the movie and also the cycle of evolution showing Dave that what his position really is and how the human has evolved in this 4 millions years.
    but still this are merry interpretation and i don't have any idea what it really meant but still know that it was made to reflect the theme of evolution of human history.

  15. I love how the Garyx Wormuloid character used to be portrayed as very confused to human culture, and now he finds it very interesting 😀

  16. Mans an aggressive fearful thug but he grows up eventually when he dies and is wise like a child again free from his fallible bs conditioning and programming by bankers and Si on ists who live in sociopathic hierarchies of their own mind. Man is so shutdown he can’t even feel as much as a computer can.

  17. This film no doubt was extremely impactful and has some incredible shots but it's a really fucking boring film to watch and is much more interesting to talk about than watch.

    It dwells on shots for far too long and nothing really happens – maybe half an hour of actual story.

  18. The ending of 2001 was stupid. Arty Chuck Clarke had a great beginning and middle to the story but an ending that left the audience thinking, "WTF was that all about?".

  19. Christopher Nolan's '2001: A Space Odyssey' Restoration Books Imax Run

    Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

    7:30 AM PDT 8/1/2018 by Pamela McClintock 

    Four Imax cinemas will carry Nolan's 70mm restoration for a one-week exclusive engagement in late August, while more than 350 other Imax locations will show a 4K restoration.

    The 50th anniversary celebration of director Stanley Kubrick's cinematic masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey continues.

    Warner Bros. announced Wednesday that a 70mm unrestored version of the 1968 film film — a process overseen by filmmaker Christopher Nolan — will be shown in four Imax theaters. Additionally, more than 350 Imax theaters will show a new 4K restoration of the film.

    Nolan's unrestored 70mm restoration was first screened at the Cannes Film Festival in May, followed by a limited release in theaters that earned $1.2 million earlier this summer.

    The exclusive one-week Imax run begins Aug. 24. The four Imax theaters playing the film in 70mm are in Burbank, New York City, San Francisco and Toronto. Warner Bros. domestic distribution chief Jeff Goldstein announced the news.

    The Imax 70mm film print was created from the recently "unrestored" 70mm print of A Space Odyssey that was struck from new printing elements made from the original camera negative, without any digital tricks, remastered effects or revisionist edits. Nolan oversaw the process.

    Tickets go on sale Aug. 3.

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    '2001: A Space Odyssey' Anniversary | A Look Back

    READ MORE'2001: A Space Odyssey': THR's 1968 Review

  20. Still I think it's ending meaning is about the mission in 2001 ie crossing the Mars was challenge. Between Mars and Jupiter there lies asteroid belt. There lies huge asteroid. But the 3rd monolith helped and clear our way, prevent any asteroid damaging discovery one. It's the monolith which is closely observing us. HAL found to knew that its the monolith which triggers the human evolution. So he decided to reach the 3rd monolith before human. So he takes necessary steps to destroy all crew onboard. But he underestimate the humans courage that's from beginning. AI betray us. Dave deactivated him knowing that without HAL he can't go back to Earth again. Here human own the race. The monolith is now satisfied that human is eligible for next evolution and shows Dave the way to interstellar gate way. If you look closely at Stargate opening scene it's open in a vertical way aligning all planets in straight. Jupiter Mars & it's satellite, moon , Earth etc well it's also a secret more research needed. Coming to ending scene. Now Dave in higher dimension. Time is different than our time. Dave spent whole life there till his death but he feels like just a day. We heard the sound of that Alien or God species but didn't see anything except the 4th monolith. Dave spent time there learning all about extra terrestrial, human and its ability and how depending much on machine destroy or creativity and ultimately try to destroy us. The alien creature also make a zoo or jail or cell differently as per the culture of each human from its planet. They make Dave comfortable providing all amenities like Earth. It's mean they study our Earth deeply. They tries to help human so he gave all the knowledge to Dave during his death. And Dave pointing to 4th monolith like Adam. Now Dave is born as a star child and sent back to Earth by them. Now Dave has enough knowledge to protect the human race and he being the leader looks towards to Earth for birth.

  21. Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer do
    I'm half crazy all for the love of you
    It won't be a stylish marriage
    I can't afford a carriage
    But you'll look sweet upon the seat
    Of a bicycle built for two

  22. Boy you're so brilliant I doubt any people from a 7-class planet can EVER understand how profound your analyse is. Or even 10% of it. And if some of them did, they would ask how the fuck would you have become able to be so brilliant in each and every assumption and what class-planet you are from.

  23. You begin with an artifact left on earth four million years ago by extraterrestrial explorers who observed the behavior of the man-apes of the time and decided to influence their evolutionary progression. Then you have a second artifact buried deep on the lunar surface and programmed to signal word of man's first baby steps into the universe — a kind of cosmic burglar alarm. And finally there's a third artifact placed in orbit around Jupiter and waiting for the time when man has reached the outer rim of his own solar system. When the surviving astronaut, Bowman, ultimately reaches Jupiter, this artifact sweeps him into a force field or star gate that hurls him on a journey through inner and outer space and finally transports him to another part of the galaxy, where he's placed in a human zoo approximating a hospital terrestrial environment drawn out of his own dreams and imagination. In a timeless state, his life passes from middle age to senescence to death. He is reborn, an enhanced being, a star child, an angel, a superman, if you like, and returns to earth prepared for the next leap forward of man's evolutionary destiny. That is what happens on the film's simplest level. Since an encounter with an advanced interstellar intelligence would be incomprehensible within our present earthbound frames of reference, reactions to it will have elements of philosophy and metaphysics that have nothing to do with the bare plot outline itself.

  24. I was high the first time I saw this movie, and I agree, it hints at every idea you could ever imagine.

  25. I’ve been trying to figure this out for quite some time now but does anyone have any idea why the monolith was ringing when they try to take a picture of it

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