Roger Ebert & Arthur C. Clarke Talk '2001: A Space Odyssey' & More

August 26, 2014
Source: The Film Stage

Roger Ebert

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-fiĀ 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.

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Reader Feedback - 7 Comments


That was gooood.

Carpola on Aug 26, 2014


Smartest guys in the room. Legends. The parallels to Nolan's INTERSTELLAR are all there.

DAVIDPD on Aug 26, 2014


I'm reading a lot of stuff comparing Interstellar, a movie nobody's seen yet, to the greatest Science Fiction movie ever made. I hope you guys are right but you're setting the bar kind of high, aren't you? Feels like it'd be closer to Contact than 2001. But that really was a great interview. Even if it was five hours long, I'd still be mesmerized.

Jonathan on Aug 26, 2014


It's kind of like if some one paints a fresca and people compare it to THE SISTINE CHAPEL. There can be similarities without the modern fresca coming close to majesty of the greatest fresca ever painted. Ja Feel?

DAVIDPD on Aug 27, 2014


I do. But generally people wait til they SEE the fresca before the comparisons are made... I'm just assuming here. I'm unfamiliar with the ins and outs of fresca scrutiny.

Jonathan on Aug 27, 2014


You get it Jonathan.

DAVIDPD on Aug 27, 2014


Thank you for posting this. I couldn't help but get a bit choked up about that both great men are gone....but there is this interview that still remains.

Scopedog on Aug 26, 2014

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