See a Rare Video of Terence Davies Introducing Stanley Kubrick’s ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’
English writer, director, and actor Terence Davies has given us a wealth of emotionally devastating films—from Distant Voices, Still Lives to The House of Mirth and last year’s The Deep Blue Sea. When we spoke with Rachel Weisz (who starred in his latest film) she talked about how Davies grew up on on films like Brief Encounter and actresses like Bette Davis or Barbara Stanwyck—stories about women getting to be strong and powerful and complex, which has seeped its way into his work. But those aren’t the only stories he’s interested in. And thanks to Cinephilia and Beyond and The Seventh Art, a rare clip of Davies introducing Stanley Kubrick’s first masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey for TV has been brought to our attention. Spencer Everhart writes:
A bit of an oddity today: the introduction to a television broadcast of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) on BBC2′s The Film Club from director Terence Davies…Davies is strikingly accompanied by images from the film, a blank black background, and an imposing set light. 2001 was the last in a programme of Kubrick films on the screening series and Davies cites it as his personal favourite. One incredible aspect of the series was its commitment to show the film in its widescreen aspect ratio, which Davies makes a point of celebrating.
So yes, I would recommend taking four minutes and nineteen seconds out of your day to watch this delightful gem.