Friday, 5 June 2020

Stanley Kubrick’s Rejected Monolith

quote [ The iconic Monolith from Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey was originally not a mysterious black slab. The director wanted it to be transparent. To that end, Kubrick commissioned a local plastics firm, Stanley Plastics to cast the monolith out of a solid block of transparent acrylic. ]

They pale before the monolith that towers over
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[by ScoobySnacks@5:01amGMT]


cb361 said @ 1:10pm GMT on 5th Jun
Ooooh! Free cash withdrawals.
Marcel said @ 2:54pm GMT on 5th Jun
As I recall, it was shaped like a pyramid in the original story.
5th Earth said[1] @ 3:37pm GMT on 5th Jun
No, it was a specifically a rectangular block with 1:4:9 proportions. However, it did display things to the monkeys instead of just sitting there being black.
Marcel said[1] @ 6:04pm GMT on 5th Jun
You're thinking of the novelization of the screenplay. I just looked up The Sentinel and found out it was a tetrahedron.
5th Earth said @ 12:59pm GMT on 6th Jun [Score:2]
The novel and screenplay were written at the same time by both Kubrick and Clarke together, and Clarke himself was publically annoyed by people who said 2001 was based on The Sentinel. So I think it's fair to say the rectangular Monolith is the canon for 2001.
moriati said @ 3:45pm GMT on 7th Jun
This is shaping up to be quite an argument.

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