I’ve never seen … 2001: A Space Odyssey

Continuing our series in which writers fess up to – and rectify – gaps in their film education, Cath Clarke on whether Kubrick’s space epic stands upSee the other classic missed films in this seriesI’ve never seen 2001: A Space Odyssey.

There, I’ve said it.

It wasn’t easy.

When your job is writing about films, not having watched Stanley Kubrick’s space epic is like being a taxi driver who hasn’t passed the driving test.

It’s a basic qualification.

Because 2001 is officially a masterpiece: number six on Sight & Sound’s list of greatest movies; the best sci-fi ever made according to Time Out and the Guardian.

It’s one of those films that movie lovers all seem to have watched at an impressionable age.

Christopher Nolan has spoken about going with his dad when he was seven to see a rerelease in Leicester Square.

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