The one thing most people know about the 1968 Stanley Kubrick film 2001: A Space Odyssey is that it’s incomprehensible. The movie premiered 46 years ago this week, and Flavorwire dug up quite a bit of trivia to help you relive the film that made science fiction into art, even if it was abstract art.
According to Arthur C. Clarke, Stanley Kubrick wanted an insurance policy from Lloyd’s of London to protect himself against losses in case extraterrestrial intelligence was discovered before the film’s release. Publicity stunt?
The floating pen effect was achieved by taping it to a sheet of glass, suspended in front of the camera. Kubrick and his effects team tried to come up with a more savvy way of executing it, but nothing seemed to work.
During the premiere screening, 241 people walked out — including Rock Hudson who wondered “what the hell” the film was about.
There’s lots more interesting facts in the article at Flavorwire. You still won’t understand the film.