Thursday, September 15, 2011

Table of Contents to the 2001: A Space Odyssey analysis


There is a button that links to this table of contents, at the bottom of each post in the analysis.

part 1 - Introduction and plot synopsis

part 2 - The HAL computer as Shakespearean

part 3 - Dave Bowman's experience at the end of the movie, encapsulates the movie's enlightenment-death-rebirth theme

part 4 - The six men with colors for their names in Quentin Tarantino's movie, Reservoir Dogs, represent the six astronauts at TMA-1

part 5 - Hints from Tarantino's Pulp Fiction

part 6 - Representation of gold; rel. to Pulp Fiction

part 7 - More correspondences with Pulp Fiction: The bar scene in Pulp Fiction is related to the 2001 lunar lander. Reference to a sphinx is being made

part 8 - More visual references from Pulp Fiction

part 9 - More on the relationship between A Space Odyssey and Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs

part 10 - Another correspondence with Pulp Fiction : Butch Coolidge mentions "the poor, unfortunate Mr. Floyd"

part 11 - The hidden plot: Heywood Floyd is an alien

part 12 - The 'Dawn of Man' is set in Mexico, not Africa

part 13 - Bowman suffers a brain injury when he is 'ejected' from his EVA pod into the emergency airlock of Discovery One

part 14 - Hints from David Lynch; color symbolism; women in space as 'prostitutes'

part 15 - Tarantino: Depiction of the alchemical nigredo - each appearance of the monolith is accompanied by a nigredo

part 16 - Hints from the films of Michael Mann: a reference to the Dawn of Man being set in Mexico

part 17 - More from Mann: Bowman goes into a trance while watching Heywood Floyd on the video monitor

part 18 - Tarantino: Poole and Bowman represent yin and yang; Bowman fails to save the feminine

part 19 - The hidden plot (cont'd): The relationship between Bowman and Floyd (Bowman assumes Floyd's 'alien identity')

part 20 - Tarantino and Lynch: A Space Odyssey has a circular narrative

part 21 - Mann: Bowman moves through the circles of Hell

part 22 - The symbolism of the diamonds in the stargate, and of the Discovery One spaceship

part 23 - Lynch: A Space Odyssey contains a 'movie within a movie'

part 24 - Bowman experiences the beatific vision while in the stargate

part 25 - The physical meaning of the stargate

part 26 - More on Bowman's brain injury: In addition to suffering a subdural hematoma, Bowman also suffers a subarachnoid hemorrhage

part 27 - The hidden plot (cont'd): The events at TMA-1

part 28 - More hints from Mulholland Drive

part 29 - The relationship of A Space Odyssey to the Hannibal Lecter movies; the entities that HAL represents

part 30 - Mann: The 'Jonah and the whale' allegory

part 31 - HAL is like a golem; this links him to Hannibal Lecter

part 32 - Kubrick's statement about the Jews and Nazis

part 33 - Tarantino: Bowman's (drug) 'trip' through the stargate

part 34 - Tarantino, Mann, and Lynch: Allusions to Kubrick's philosophy of periodically making light of serious situations in his films

part 35 - The meeting at Clavius; the monolith's shape: the reason it is rectangular instead of square

part 36 - More on alchemy in the movie; Kubrick is depicting an unsuccessful citrinitas, and thus, an incomplete alchemical process

part 37 - 'Faked' aspects of the Jupiter mission film: There are hints in the movie that part of the Jupiter mission film (the 'movie within a movie'), is being recorded on the space station instead of on Discovery One

part 38 - By designing A Space Odyssey as an allegory for both Homer's The Odyssey, and Jonah and the whale, Kubrick was trying to draw attention to the fact that both of these tales have a common underlying source: The Epic of Gilgamesh.

part 39 - Water symbolism

part 40 - Mann: Death of the Holy Spirit

part 41 - The alien wants to unite with Bowman, in order to become Mercurius

part 42 - Tarantino: Kubrick on casual acceptance of violence

part 43 - The aliens are 'stealing' diamonds from Earth

part 44 - Hints from The Silence of the Lambs

part 45 - Numerical clues in the movie; the '5 + 3' ogdoadal system

part 46 - Lynch: The unconscious confronts the intellect

part 47 - St. Augustine versus the Manichaeans

part 48 - Kubrick's 'child abuse' theme: HAL is like someone who has been abused as a child

part 49 - Elements of Hindu philosophy in 2001; more on the manipulation of Bowman's psyche

part 50 - Certain parts of the movie depict dreams

part 51 - We link Bowman's assimilation of his own shadow, to his experience as Jonah in the whale

part 52 - Mann: Depiction of the tension between containment and liberation

part 53 - More information on Melusina, the feminine aspect of Mercurius. The alien who 'combines' with Bowman represents Melusina

part 54 - More on the correspondence with Pulp Fiction

part 55 - The aliens represent the 'evil feminine' (e.g., radical feminists)

part 56 - The partially-faked mission film's intended audience is Generation Y; Kubrick was predicting that this generation, and all subsequent generations, would be 'brainwashed' by radical feminists working in concert with powerful men in the entertainment industry and news media

part 57 - Kubrick gives us a warning: Defy misdirection, such as that given by persons in power, certain parties in the entertainment industry and news media, and certain special interest groups

part 58 - Hints in the movie poster

part 59 - The conception allegory; the unconscious as a 'womb'. At least part of the movie is taking place 'inside' Bowman's unconscious

part 60 - Reference to the game of billiards is being made in the movie

part 61 - Kubrick is employing the billiards reference to make a point about the effect of one's attitude in life on the course of one's life, and about the relationship of this to randomness in the universe

part 62 - The fact that the monolith contains diamonds, is linked to the Pulp Fiction briefcase contents

part 63 - The movie contains a numerical reference to the biblical book of Proverbs

part 64 - Clarification on the meaning of the end sequence

part 65 - Fundamentals of chakras; application of concepts from Vishuddha (throat) chakra to the movie

part 66 - The correspondence of 2001 with Joseph Campbell's monomyth

part 67 - Kubrick believed that all civilizations have a common source

part 68 - The reason the aliens need diamonds; final observations

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