Steven Soderbergh Recuts Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey

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Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey is one of the most iconic science fiction films of all time. Transcending the very genre it helped to modernize, it would be an act of desecration for any other person to re-cut Kubrick's masterpiece. Well, hey would you look at that, guess what Steven Soderbergh just did?

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Soderbergh's greatest sin? It appears that he cut out the videophones! This is like the Monkey Jesus fresco fiasco all over again.

But this isn't the first time Soderbergh has played around with footage from other filmmakers. Last year he mashed up Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 film Psycho with Gus Van Sant's 1998 shot for shot remake. Is nothing sacred? JK, nothing's sacred.

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You can watch the film at Soderbergh's site, Extension 765. And don't forget Soderbergh's black and white version of Raiders of the Lost Ark! [Kottke]

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I'm 30 minutes in and... this may make me a filthy, damned heretic... but I already prefer this version to the original. It's actually more mysterious and weird, and those changes improve the pacing and narrative immensely. And the strange thing is... it somehow feels more Kubrickian than the original Kubrick version.

Like I said... I'm a filthy, damned heretic.