“If it can be written, or thought, it can be filmed.” – Stanley Kubrick
Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 sci-fi masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey is still considered to be the apotheosis of the genre by many people around the world. It is a pioneering work of art which requires no introduction, made by one of the most unique and accomplished filmmakers in the history of cinema. In 1966, a promotional documentary called A Look Behind The Future was released which explored the production of Kubrick’s film. It introduced 2001 as, “The following film describes an unusual motion picture now being produced in London for release all over the world starting in 1967.”
Shot by the Tom Craven company to promote a space-themed issue of Look Magazine, the documentary is presented by the magazine’s publisher Mr. Vernon Myers. It is interesting to note the past’s expectations of the future, especially in 2020.
While speaking about the impact of the Apollo moon landing (1969), Mr. Myers anticipates “the inevitable changes in our life, in our culture, our philosophies, our economy, our markets. Radical revisions in our total society.”
The short piece contains interviews with people who worked on the set and made sketches for the film. It also features co-author Arthur C. Clarke’s comments on the NASA lunar exploration gear under construction. The documentary’s technological optimism hasn’t aged as well as Kubrick’s unique vision but it provides important insights about one of the greatest films of all time.
Watch the documentary, here: