Posts Tagged ‘2001’

Connected: 2001, Star Wars, Revolutionary Cycling Cinema


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Ken Adam: the man who drew the Cold War

Dr Strangelove

The Telegraph interviews set designer extraordinaire Ken Adam who designed the ‘War Room’ for Kubrick’s ‘Dr Strangelove’ as well as some of the most iconic sets for the James Bond films including ‘Dr No’ and ‘You Only Live Twice’. The article includes video of Adam talking to Christopher Frayling about his work and includes some great Kubrick stories. He was offered ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ but turned it down because Kubrick had already been working on it for a year with experts from NASA, this however left him free to concentrate on the Bond films. Other highlights include his work on designing the car for ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’ and an Oscar for Best Art Direction on ‘Barry Lyndon’.

There’s a book out ‘Ken Adam Designs the Movies: James Bond and Beyond’ and Adam will also be giving a talk at the V&A on Friday 7th October as part of the Cold War Modern Show.

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Knowledge of all fonts


Knowledge of all fonts – BBC News ‘In Pictures’ article on typefaces used in movie posters. It includes a comment on the use of Futura for Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey.

“Futura was the official font of the Apollo moon landing program,” he explains.

“Because it’s based on geometric features – the square, the circle and the triangle – it’s got an inherent simplicity and timelessness.”

Sebastian Lester

Possibly correct but it also happened to be Kubrick’s favourite typeface as mentioned by Tony Frewin in Jon Ronson’s Citizen Kubrick interview. Anyway nice to see an article on type linked to from the news front page.

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Deal Real Records

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2008: A Type Odyssey

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2001 Illustrations

Brian Sanders, 2001

Fantastic illustrations from Brian Sanders who with one other illustrator was hired to record the making of Stanley Kubrick’s ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’. The looseness and fluidity are at a complete contrast to the film. This article was originally published in The Independent Magazine on 20th January 2001. If anyone has a copy they want to get rid of let me know.

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Kubrick 2008: A Film Odyssey


To celebrate the 80th Anniversary of Kubrick’s birth and the 40th anniversary of 2001, the Barbican are running all twelve of his features films, accompanied by an exhibition of items from the Kubrick archive. Shame they’re not showing the 70mm cut of 2001.

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