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2001 Space Odyssey The film segment chosen was the final scene from Stanley Kubriks 2001 A Space Odyssey made in 1968 As the name would suggest the film is set almost entirely in the future Already having projected itself over 30 years into the future it would be safe to assume that this motion picture offers a wealth of imagery and futuristic vision It does It is towards the end of the film however that Kubrik offers this to us on a much greater scale In these few minutes we are presented with the dawn of a new era a near incomprehensible evolution of humanity Through many complex design devices the set design successfully achieves a vision for the future that is neither dystopian nor entirely utopian yet extraordinarily positive on a revolutionary scale Kubrik himself has never publicly discussed the ending to 2001 and admits that this was a very subjective film while many people claim not to have understood it at all Many interpretations have been made as to the real meaning of this scene many incredibly different and most equally plausible Despite their differences however all have one thing in common an overwhelmingly optimistic vision for the future A few example interpretations include alien intervention an idea that alien technology has helped man progress to the next level of consciousness to an understanding beyond the physical realm Others adopt the idea of the emergence of man as pure thought completely of his own accord It is for this reason that the futuristic vision expressed in this scene cannot be labeled simply utopian What viewers are offered during this scene spans far beyond an idealistic version of the world we live in today various connotations found in the scene stretch the bounds and horizons of humanity itself The problem faced by Kubrik and indeed the set designer was how to portray a near incomprehensible purely conceptual journey on film
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