2001: A Space Odyssey in 70mm exclusively screened in EYE

14 June 2017

From 1 July EYE Film Museum will be screening a brand new 70mm print with DTS sound of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, as sharp as intended by the master himself. Kubrick originally perfected every detail of his magnificent tale of man’s origins and the rebellion of a self-thinking computer that takes over the crew of a spaceship. Although the OSCAR-winning and restored film will see its fiftieth anniversary next year, Kubrick’s compelling vision of the future is more relevant  than ever.

Warner Bros. and EYE Film Museum signed an agreement to screen a brand new 70mm print with DTS sound of Stanley Kubrick’s classic 2001: A Space Odyssey. ‘If you haven’t seen 2001 in 70mm, you haven’t seen the film’, says Grant Moninger, a programmer with the American Cinematheque in Los Angeles. Following its premiere in 1968, the film was mostly screened in 35mm and recently also in DCP – it was exceptional to view the film in 70mm. Warner Bros. has now made a 70 mm print of the restored version of Kubrick’s masterpiece exclusively available for EYE.

2001: A Space Odyssey is regarded as a milestone in the history of cinema. Advertised as ‘An epic drama of adventure and exploration’, director Stanley Kubrick (1928-1999) delivered a compelling tale of the origins of man, his leap into space and the rebellion of a self-thinking computer that seizes control of a spaceship and its crew. His visionary film about our growing dependence on technology is more relevant than ever.

Kubrick’s stunning use of classical music for the soundtrack, the art direction and the theme (‘what is man’s place in the universe’) turned the 70mm film into a mind-blowing experience and an irresistible mix of science fiction, technology criticism and adventure film. Nominated for four OSCAR Awards, 2001: A Space Odyssey ultimately received an OSCAR for Special Visual Effects.

This summer in EYE

Kubrick’s masterpiece will be screened at EYE throughout the summer, using the format and carrier that correspond with the filmmaker’s intentions. EYE and Warner Bros. have agreed that the restored print will have a number of annual reruns in the three years following its initial run this summer.

The screening of 2001: A Space Odyssey in 70mm follows previous widescreen showings in EYE, including Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight (2015) and Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master (2012). EYE is one of the few theatres in the Benelux countries still able to screen films in 70mm format.

The restored 70mm print premiered at a widescreen theatre in Los Angeles on 9 December 2016. The brand new 70mm print of 2001: A Space Odyssey was produced at FotoKem, the last full service 65/70mm lab in the United States.

The price of a ticket for the special screening of 2001: A Space Odyssey in EYE is € 15, which includes a surcharge for the 70 mm screening and the length of the film (149’).