2001: A Space Odyssey

Released in 1968, Stanley Kubrick's science-fiction masterpiece took viewers on a revolutionary trip into space that redefined the art of visual effects and inspired decades of debate about its hidden meanings and secrets. The story of two human astronauts and one intelligent computer, HAL, confronted with the next step of alien-influenced evolution has gone on to inspire generations of filmmakers including George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Ridley Scott and Christopher Nolan. Now with rarities from the Margaret Herrick Library and the Academy Film Archive, let's take a look at the creation of one of the all-time essential big screen experiences.

Filming began in 1965
Stanley Kubrick
Writer Herb A. Lightman
inside the studio
The artist at work
Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood
Behind the scenes
A production drawing
Douglas Trumbull
the Discovery spacecraft model
Behind the scenes
The "star child"
Publicity still
a letter from Kubrick
Another sample North's score
early preliminary design
Diahann Carroll and Burt Lancaster
Douglas Trumbull
Christopher Nolan