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2001: A Space Odyssey

Directed by: Stanley Kubrick

Cinematography: Geoffrey Unsworth


2001: A Space Odyssey is characterized by an intense use of wide-angle lenses. It is the one aspect that I find incredibly captivating about the film. Kubrick uses wide-angle lenses in open spaces to emphasize the grandiosity of space and spaceships, and in particularly confined closed spaces to create a sense of claustrophobia.   the is a visually attractive movie. It was released in black and white, and judging by the shots it seems like that stylistic choice was a pillar dictating the look and composition of many of the shots.

The constant use of symmetry is one of the main traits of the cinematography, and the prevalent colors are white, red and blue. The most iconic shots are the symmetrical ones in space, but some close-ups enriched by LED lights and reflections are very seductive.