Behind The Scenes Stills From "2001: A Space Odyssey"

A new four-volume set from TASCHEN goes behinds the scenes of the most important science fiction film ever made.

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Filming began on 2001: A Space Odyssey, in December, 1965, at Shepperton Studios, England.

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Stanley Kubrick directs the lunar monolith scenes.

Kubrick co-wrote the film with science fiction author Arthur C. Clarke, partly inspired by the latter's short story, The Sentinal.

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Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke inside the passenger deck of the Aries lunar ferry.

Released in 1968 the film inspired a generation to consider our place in the universe, and influenced countless other filmmakers.

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Gary Lockwood in the main command deck of the Discovery One.

George Lucas: "Stanley Kubrick made the ultimate science fiction movie."

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Keir Dullea in the one-man space repair pod.

"It is going to be very hard for someone to come along and make a better movie, as far as I'm concerned."

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Keir Dullea poses in an equipment storage corridor on Discovery One.

Steven Spielberg: "He took you into space for the first time. Since ‘2001’, no documentary, no other movie, has ever really put me in space as much as ‘2001’ did.”

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Stanley Kubrick gives instructions through a hatch in the centrifuge.

Martin Scorsese: “Watching a Kubrick film is like gazing up at a mountaintop. You look up and wonder, how could anyone have climbed that high?”

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Stanley Kubrick shooting the final scenes of 2001.

The four-volume set includes film stills, interviews with cast and crew, concept art...

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Artist Roy Carnon’s impression of the docking area at the hub of the space station, with a winged shuttle parked after arrival.

...and specially commisioned new illustrations.

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Artwork demonstrating how the interior sets for the Discovery would fit in to the habitation sphere if the ship were constructed at full scale.