Kubrick's 2001: A Triple Allegory (Google eBook)

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Scarecrow Press, Jun 21, 2000 - Performing Arts - 192 pages
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Acclaimed in an international critics poll as one of the ten best films ever made, Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey has nonetheless baffled critics and filmgoers alike. Its reputation rests largely on its awesome special effects, yet the plot has been considered unfathomable. Critical consensus has been that Kubrick himself probably didn't know the answers.

Leonard Wheat's Kubrick's 2001: A Triple Allegory reveals that Kubrick did know the answers. Far from being what it seems to be—a chilling story about space travel—2001 is actually an allegory, hidden by symbols. It is, in fact, a triple allegory, something unprecedented in film or literature. Three allegories—an Odysseus (Homer) allegory, a man-machine symbiosis (Arthur Clarke) allegory, and a Zarathustra (Nietzsche) allegory—are simultaneously concealed and revealed by well over 200 highly imaginative and sometimes devilishly clever symbols. Wheat "decodes" each allegory in rich detail, revealing the symbolism in numerous characters, sequences, and scenes. In bringing Kubrick's secrets to light, Wheat builds a powerful case for his assertion that 2001 is the "grandest motion picture ever filmed."
  

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User Review  - grebmops - LibraryThing

This is definitely the worst thing every written on Kubrick and probably on any filmmaker. Wheat tackles 2001 with all sorts of pseudoscientific and pseudophilosophical apparatuses, from numerology to ... Read full review

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User Review  - sdicht - LibraryThing

This is definitely the worst thing every written on Kubrick and probably on any filmmaker. Wheat tackles 2001 with all sorts of pseudoscientific and pseudophilosophical apparatuses, from numerology to ... Read full review

Contents

1 Introduction
1
2 The Surface Story
17
3 The Odysseus Allegory
41
4 The ManMachine Symbiosis Allegory
63
Background and Cast
87
The Action
109
7 Evaluation
139
Bibliography
163
Index
167
About the Author
181
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About the author (2000)

Leonard F. Wheat was an economist with the Economic Development Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce before retiring in 1997. He is the author or (in one case) co-author of four previous books, including one philosophical study and three economic studies. He is also author of two book-length government studies and several journal articles and is an associate editor of the Journal of Regional Science.

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