Majestic and enthralling. Elegant photography; extraordinary sound... Every element working in conjunction to exert an irresistible pull on my imagination and attention so I'm rapt and wide-eyed and wondrous like a kid. Capital F Film that also happens to be a documentary. Documentary that also happens to be magic. Thanks NFB!
Increible como puedes ver mucho de 2001 en estos planos tan sólidos, editados con una cadencia que parecen formar parte de la máquina del universo, que se expande lentamente e inexorablemente, con esa voz delicada a la vez que cruel y caótica, condición del universo y de HAL
Astounding that this was made in 1960. Also interesting how it emphasized the darkness of the universe rather than the wonder (I'm thinking of Malick's Tree of Life and the beauty of the cosmos). Because this is in black and white and uses a menacing score, there's a sense of the universe's vastness and just how frightening and unfathomable outer space is. What are we? Where did we come from? How can we ever know?
I don't hand out 5s regularly, but this one deserves it. Earth to Mubi, more of this please; facts to the moon, what an elegant little film. Undermentioned by the other pundits, the sounds and script were eerily delightful, as was the mixture of deep space with the lonely night of one professor. Originally I had slated 4 stars, but the closing credits pushed this gem into 5. https://www.nfb.ca/film/universe/
Living in 2016, one can only fantasize the times of 1960. This film is beautiful, regardless of its time, and educational-not in the legitimacy of facts compared to today, but the documentation of the time, showing how much(or less) they knew. And from that info., creating such a cinematic experience is a marvelous achievement. No wonder Stanley(Kubrick) wished to make '2001' after this.
All of us know 2001 Space Odyssey, this film was its inspiration. What is really interesting is the poetic use of the images and their relationship to our ordinary life. It is not a science fiction movie, but a kind of documentary with a strong personal touch on the part of the directors. This is one of the few films that really are without precedent.
Perfect for a double session with 1977 "Powers of Ten". What that other one has in formal simplicity and sobriety this one has in drama and changes of pace. A feat achieved not only by a gorgeous black and white cinematography but also by a brilliant soundtrack and narration, reminiscent of TV Shows like The Twilight Zone. "To go to this planet* would take an immense courage", we hear. So much, so little has changed.
Scientifically speaking, the info on that film is dated and inaccurate for today's standards. Technically speaking, it must have been an important achievement to generate that kind of immersive spacescapes in the 60s. Still, it would have been a very boring film if it weren't for the directors' overall aesthetics: great photography, great use of sound, great work in supporting the, otherwise boring, narrative.