Roger Ebert & Arthur C. Clarke Talk '2001: A Space Odyssey' & More
For anyone who was a fan of Roger Ebert, it was clear that the legendary film critic was a lover of the classic sci-fi film 2001: A Space Odyssey. The critic put the film on his Top 10 Films of All-Time, and when you consider the thousands of films Ebert saw throughout his long career, that's about the highest praise the iconic sci-fi opus can get. And if you need more evidence of Ebert's love of the film, then you should watch this nearly 30-minute chat the critic had with author Arthur C. Clarke, who wrote the book on which the film is based. Funnily enough, it takes place in 1997, the same year that HAL-9000 was "born."
Here's the 27-minute chat between Roger Ebert and Arthur C. Clarke (via The Film Stage):
And as a bonus, here's Ebert discussing Stanley Kubrick's work in 1999 after the filmmaker's death:
Ebert and Clarke extensively talk about 2001, but they also dive into more general sci-fi discussions, even chatting about real science and technology. It's a shame that we've lost Ebert as a voice in film criticism and passion lover of cinema. There will likely never be another film critic as influential or revered as Roger Ebert, but if any of us continue to love film anywhere near as much as he did, then that's all that matters.