A Space Odyssey is a 1968 science fiction film directed by Stanley
Kubrick and written by Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke. The film deals
with thematic elements of human evolution, technology, artificial
intelligence, and extraterrestrial life, and is notable for its
scientific realism, pioneering special effects, ambiguous and often
surreal imagery, sound in place of traditional narrative techniques,
and minimal use of dialogue.
Despite receiving mixed reviews upon release, 2001: A Space Odyssey is
today recognized by many critics and audiences as one of the greatest
films ever made; the 2002 Sight & Sound poll of critics ranked
it among the top ten films of all time. It was nominated for four
Academy Awards, and received one for visual effects. In 1991, it was
deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" by the
United States Library of Congress and selected for preservation in The
National Film Registry.