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2001: And The Curved Screen

This article first appeared in
..in 70mm
The 70mm Newsletter

  Issue 57 - June 1999

"2001" in 1,85:1


Book front cover.

Quote from the book "Stanley Kubrick by Vincent LoBrutto" Faber and Faber 1997:

"Originally Kubrick wanted to shoot 2001 in the wide-screen format of 1,85. In one of their countless technical discussions, Bob Gaffney talked to Kubrick about other possibilities.

"I said, You've got to make it visceral. If you are going to put people in space there's nothing bigger than 70mm wide screen to do that and Cinerama is even better because it would be curved, and he agreed".


More in 70mm reading:

Stanley Kubrick's "2OO1: A Space Odyssey" in Super Panavision 70

Bob Gaffney

"2001: A Space Odyssey" in the presence of Douglas Trumbull

There Were Giants in the Land

Interview with Leon Vitali

2001 Credits

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"2001" and the flat screen


Magazine front cover.

Quote from a Douglas Trumbull interview in Cinefantastique June 1994:

"The film was shot in Super Panavision for projection on the curved Cinerama screen but the unique format wasn't accounted for during the years of production. During the entire production, we never once viewed footage on a curved screen or in the format.

What would happen is we'd shoot in 65mm, but the lab would generate 35mm anamorphic prints for us to look at on a small flat screen. We never saw it in a Cinerama theatre. It wasn't until the very, very end of photography, or maybe once during production, that I think Kubrick took a couple of 70mm prints and went down to a 70mm theatre to see how it looked. So, in a sense, the movie was not made with a curved screen in mind. In some of the Cinerama theatres there were a serious projection problem, because the projection booths were mounted up too high and you had a horrible sort of curved, keystoning effect: the titles would come out badly curved and it looked very distorted".

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