The Sentinel and 2001: a Space Odyssey

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Abstract Within the pages of a book, authors are able to create great visual images of locations and landscapes by using elaborate and descriptive words. Sometimes these images are transferred into an actual visual by the subsequent creation of films based upon these great works. “2001: A Space Odyssey” by Stanley Kubrick is an example of such as it is based upon the literary short story, “The Sentinel” by Arthur C. Clarke. Kubrick has done an astounding job at developing the original short story by combining music with visual images way before it’s time. The film allows its viewers to see the original short story told by Clarke, creatively expanded and elaborated upon in comparison with great detail.

Table of Contents
Introduction
The Sentinel (Arthur C. Clarke), 1951
• Descriptive Elements
• Theme – First contact
2001: A Space Odyssey by Stanley Kubrick, 1968
• Style, Visual and Music Elements
• Theme – Evolution
Conclusion
References

The Sentinel and 2001: A Space Odyssey
Introduction
“2001: A Space Odyssey” (1968) has been called, “The most spectacular vision of the future,” and “Eerily accurate and wild with suspense” (Nashawaty, 2011). It is an epic science fiction film based on the short story, “The Sentinel” (1951), written by Arthur C Clarke. Comparing the literary work from Clarke, to the fully elaborated film by Kubrick, it can be said that there is very little similarities. Kubrick has managed to develop Clark’s ideas into an epic movie that must be seen to be fully appreciated considering the time period in which the film was created.
The Sentinel (Arthur C. Clarke), 1951 “The Sentinel” was a short story created in 1951, before the first landing on the moon. The story begins in the time period of 1996, with a geology expedition on the moon. During the expedition the explorers discover a pyramid-shaped object that was left behind…...

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