My dad took my brothers and I to see Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece, 2001: A Space Oddyssey at Grant Park cinemas when it came out in 1968. I was 6 (!), and had no clue what was going on.
I’ve seen it since, and while I appreciate Kubrick’s genius, I still have no clue what is going on in the film, and particularly when it starts to get really weird at the end.
Now, in a recently uncovered interview Kubrick did for a documentary about The Shining, Kubrick explains it…and it all makes sense now.
In the interview, Kubrick says of the ending,
“The idea was supposed to be that he is taken in by god-like entities, creatures of pure energy and intelligence with no shape or form. They put him in what I suppose you could describe as a human zoo to study him, and his whole life passes from that point on in that room. And he has no sense of time. It just seems to happen as it does in the film. When they get finished with him, as happens in so many myths of all cultures in the world, he is transformed into some kind of super being and sent back to Earth, transformed and made into some sort of superman” referring to the star baby. “We have to only guess what happens when he goes back. It is the pattern of a great deal of mythology, and that is what we were trying to suggest.”
There’s a little more to it, and the conversation is below:
The full story is HERE.