2001 - A Space Odyssey: Crash Course Film Criticism

Will the advancement of technology doom interpersonal relationships? Like the score for Jaws, the music for the opening sequence of Stanley Kubrick's 2001- A Space Odyssey stirs the imagination of viewers. Cinema lovers and film newbies alike will appreciate a brief but in-depth analysis of one of the most famous science fiction films of all time.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Assign a separate portion of the film to four small groups; have them search for evidence of parallels to themes in the other portions and then present their findings to a mixed group of experts
  • Have class members craft their own review of the film
Classroom Considerations
  • Assign the 2:29-minute film for out of class viewing
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  • Aranda's critique includes clips from the film to illustrate his points
  • The narrator also references the reviews of other film critics
  • None
Common Core