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* NarrativeFiligree: Many scenes, especially the middle. The subplot with HAL, which is the most memorable part of the movie, serves only to leave Bowman as the SoleSurvivor, and it doesn't really have any connection to the Monolith plot except as a consequence of the GovernmentConspiracy.

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* NarrativeFiligree: Many scenes, especially the middle. The subplot with HAL, which is the most memorable part of the movie, serves only to leave Bowman as the SoleSurvivor, and it doesn't really have any connection to the Monolith plot except as a consequence of the GovernmentConspiracy.GovernmentConspiracy, unless one considers HAL as part of the tool chain that begins with the bone club weapon from The Dawn of Man sequence, a device which serves humanity, but which presents its own dangers to overcome.


* JitterCam: In two scenes of the film, the Tycho monolith excavation and Dave's walking to HAL's brain room towards the end of the film, Kubrick himself shot these scenes handheld...''with a big freaking Ultra Panavision 70mm camera on his shoulder.'' That the scenes didn't end up looking like a 2010s action film cliché is quite remarkable.

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* JitterCam: In two scenes of the film, the Tycho monolith excavation and Dave's walking to HAL's brain room towards the end of the film, Kubrick himself shot these scenes handheld...''with a big freaking Ultra Panavision spherical 70mm camera on his shoulder.'' That the scenes didn't end up looking like a 2010s action film cliché is quite remarkable.


'''HAL 9000:''' [[AC:I'm sorry, Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that.]]

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'''HAL 9000:''' [[AC:I'm [[AC:HAL 9000: I'm sorry, Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that.]]


* CosmicHorrorStory: This was the real reason for Kubrick's use of LeaveTheCameraRunning and MindScrew: to convey that space is an immense and hostile place in which humans are insignificant by comparison, where if we encounter aliens they'd be incomprehensibly advanced, refuse to explain themselves to us, and be interested only in using us as tools. Lampshaded in the out-takes book ''The Lost Worlds of 2001'', which covers parts of the astronauts' pre-mission training. They are told simply to take lots of pictures and not to try too hard to make sense of what they see... and to hope their hosts (if any) are aware of their limitations.

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* CosmicHorrorStory: This was the real reason for Kubrick's use of LeaveTheCameraRunning and MindScrew: to convey that space is an immense and hostile place in which humans are insignificant by comparison, where if we encounter aliens they'd be incomprehensibly advanced, refuse to explain themselves to us, and be interested only in using us as tools.tools or in playing around with us the same way that a small child who throws a frog into a microwave just to see what happens is playing. Lampshaded in the out-takes book ''The Lost Worlds of 2001'', which covers parts of the astronauts' pre-mission training. They are told simply to take lots of pictures and not to try too hard to make sense of what they see... and to hope their hosts (if any) are aware of their limitations.


** There's also a TV in the room which works. Much to some relief of Bowman who's happy to hear human voices. He noticed the programs were broadcasted around the same time the Monolith was discovered.

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** There's also a TV in the room which works. Much to some relief of for Bowman who's happy to hear human voices. He noticed the programs were broadcasted around the same time the Monolith was discovered.

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* NonSequiturEnvironment: After several minutes of HyperSpaceIsAScaryPlace, Dave Bowman very suddenly finds himself in what appears to be a mansion - no transition, no portal, just a hard cut to a luxurious neoclassical interior. Bowman is extremely confused... and even more so when he sees ''himself'' standing in front of him a moment later.


* CrazyPeoplePlayChess: A GeniusBonus for chess enthusiasts is found in the game that HAL 9000 and Poole play; although HAL predicts mate, there's actually a way for Poole to avoid it. A subtle hint at HAL's error-prone nature...[[note]][[AlternateCharacterInterpretation Or capacity to tell lies if thought necessary]].[[/note]]

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* CrazyPeoplePlayChess: A GeniusBonus for chess enthusiasts is found in the game that HAL 9000 and Poole play; although HAL predicts mate, there's actually a way for Poole to avoid it. A subtle hint at HAL's error-prone nature...[[note]][[AlternateCharacterInterpretation Or capacity to tell lies if thought necessary]].[[/note]] Probably not simply a screenwriting error, since Kubrick was an excellent chess player.

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** The space scenes have a considerably higher star density than what would actually be visible in those circumstances, and also have apparent motion that shouldn't be there (the stars are too far away to have any motion perceivable on Earth on human time scales), but the scenes would look fake if there wasn't a source of apparent background motion. Similarly, shadows are flat black in space because there's no air to diffuse light into the shadows, but that'd look quite wrong to most eyes.


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** Also inverted. ''2001'' changed the mainstream style of sci-fi spacecraft from sleek-and-polished rocket-like designs to more utilitarian-looking vehicles, using parts from model aircraft kits to create texture and an appearance of complex machinery (later called "kitbashing"). This style would be codified by Franchise/StarWars a decade later.


* {{Leitmotif}}: The film used "''Also Sprach Zarathustra" for two key scenes, both times when humanity (or its forebears) made some kind of evolutionary/spiritual leap.
** The Monolith has it's own - György Ligeti's ''Requiem.''

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* {{Leitmotif}}: The film used "''Also ''Also Sprach Zarathustra" Zarathustra'' for two key scenes, both times when humanity (or its forebears) made some kind of evolutionary/spiritual leap.
** The Monolith has it's its own - György Ligeti's ''Requiem.''''
** The Moonbus transit scenes are backed with Ligeti's ''Lux aeterna'', which serves as the monolith's leitmotif in ''2010''.


** Even HAL's red eye seems to create this effect in certain shots (for example, [[spoiler: right after killing the hibernating astronauts.]]

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** Even HAL's red eye seems to create this effect in certain shots (for example, [[spoiler: right after killing the hibernating astronauts.]]]])
** During Dave's EVA to rescue Frank, a lot of Dave's facial expressions come across this way, since he's constantly scanning his displays. It's played straightest in the face he pulls immediately before cutting back to the ''Discovery'' interior.

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* TunelessSongOfMadness: As more and more of HAL-9000's mind is shut down, he begins singing "Daisy Bell."


-->"I know everything hasn't been quite right with me, but I can assure you know, very confidently, that it's going to be alright again." (Bargaining)

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-->"I know everything hasn't been quite right with me, but I can assure you know, now, very confidently, that it's going to be alright again." (Bargaining)


* DeweyDefeatsTruman: All of the series have already been invalidated this way, one way or another. For example, the first three books all feature a still-existing USSR; the backstory of 2061 involves a revolution in South Africa in the 2030s which overthrows the apartheid regime; then of course there's the invention of HAL. Creator/ArthurCClarke went on record to state that the 'sequels' were actually stories taking place in alternate universes when current events surpassed his stories.

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* LudicrousGiftRequest: When Dr. Floyd calls his daughter from space and asks what she wants for her birthday, she says she wants a bushbaby. He then (gently) tells her that it's unlikely to happen.


* ExpospeakGag: PlayedForDrama. When Hal cuts off the life support for the three hibernating astronauts, an alarm goes off and a monitor flashes "Computer Malfunction" then "Life Functions Critical". A systems status monitor shows the astronauts' bodily functions flatlining one by one (and in a subtle, disturbing note, the last function to go "Central Nervous System", i.e., the brain goes haywire for several seconds before flatlining, hinting that the astronauts' deaths were anything but painless). Finally, the alarm shuts off, and the monitor flashes the message "Life Functions Terminated."

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