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The Making of Stanley Kubrick's '2001: A Space Odyssey'

Hardcover, Swiss binding, 6.7 x 14.9 in., 5.68 lb, 562 pages
New edition, only US$ 70
Original edition US$ 1,250
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Part visual majesty, part meticulous science, part limitless imagination. Previously available as part of the multi-volume and instant sell-out Collector's Edition, this exhaustive compendium of photographs, pre-production paintings, and conceptual designs explores the genius behind 2001: A Space Odyssey, the sci-fi classic that remains the benchmark for all cinema space epics.

“Much has been written about 2001: A Space Odyssey but this TASCHEN publication is the final word on Stanley Kubrick’s influential masterpiece. The Making of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey is a marvel, a literary piece that’s as fascinating as the film it’s covering and it offers readers a splendid at look one of the greatest films of the 20th century. Breathtaking.”

Movies in Focus

“A sumptuously designed and exhaustively researched tome dedicated to the sci-fi masterpiece…”

Fast Company’s Co.Design

“…one of the very best film books ever produced… In the eighteen-odd years I've been doing Books Monthly I have been privileged to read many books on some of my favourite films - in particular Star Wars and Star Trek, but also recent triumphs like Interstellar. None of them has ever had the depth and the breadth of information that Piers Bizony's work has. 2001: A Space Odyssey has stood the test of time - this book will too. A modern masterpiece of cinema history.”

Books Monthly

“TASCHEN have done Stanley Kubrick proud, again.”

Film Chronicles

“…Kubrick’s vision and idiosyncratic methods were too much for some of his crew (and the critics) to bear, yet the near-miraculous achievement has never been surpassed in its genre, and this book is a monument, both physically and in substance, to that end.”

Fortean Times

“…the most epic and impressively well-written offering, direct from the family archive, that any fan – or PhD researcher – could shake a light-sabre at…”

DJ Magazine

“‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ is the most important science fiction movie ever made. And Piers Bizony’s 550-page The Making of Stanley Kubrick’s ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’, detailing the lengthy production, is a work befitting its subject. You needn’t be a sci-fi junkie to appreciate this book: You merely need to love movies. The photographs may draw you in, but Mr. Bizony’s writing ties it all together. He chronicles every aspect of the production, including the movie’s initially disastrous critical reception, which nearly resulted in it being pulled from theaters. Finish this and you’ll feel as if you’ve completed an advanced course in film production.”

The Wall Street Journal

“Known for its spectacular publications on art, design and architecture, TASCHEN makes Stanley Kubrick proud, again… A precious collector’s piece for both Kubrick fans and sci-fi enthusiasts.”

Bone Magazine

“The best thing I've bought this year…it's just glorious. You get actor portraits, technical sketches, design paintings, movie posters, behind-the-scenes shots... all marvelous.”


Hello, HAL

On the set of 2001: A Space Odyssey

Get closer than ever to the movie that changed the movies. This behind-the-scenes spectacular of 2001: A Space Odyssey sheds light on the lead actors, senior production designers, special-effects experts and masterminds of Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke, who together revolutionized science fiction and the art of cinema.

Previously available as part of the multi-volume and instant sell-out Collector's Edition, this comprehensive visual record includes on and off set photographs, pre-production paintings, and conceptual designs from the Kubrick archives. With numerous fold-outs, these dazzling images offer insight both into Kubrick's meticulous directorial methods, and into the mysteries and magnetism of a film at once vast in scope and intricate in its exploration of our relationship to technology.

Written and researched over several years by the outer space, special effects, and technology journalist Piers Bizony, this compendium is both an exhaustive labour of love and a monument to a masterpiece of 20th century culture.
The author

Piers Bizony is a science and technology writer. His publications include Atom, The Man Who Ran the Moon, Starman, and The Making of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey.

The designer

M/M (Paris) is an art and design partnership consisting of Mathias Augustyniak and Michael Amzalag. Their portfolio includes art direction and collaborations with Björk, Balenciaga, and Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin, as well as with magazines including Vogue Paris, Interview, and Purple Fashion.

The Making of Stanley Kubrick's '2001: A Space Odyssey'
Hardcover, Swiss binding, 6.7 x 14.9 in., 5.68 lb, 562 pages
1. Has this version been cut or edited down in comparison to the Limited Edition?

The text volume of The Making of Stanley Kubrick’s '2OO1: A Space Odyssey' has just been reproduced in slightly smaller format, content-wise it has remained unchanged, still containing all visuals as well all of Piers Bizony's groundbreaking research and writing that has been acclaimed by reviews and press around the globe. The limited edition of the book, from which this edition is directly derived, consisted of a whole box – inspired by the famous monolith and containing four volumes altogether.

2. I can't appreciate the images fully due to the many fold-outs.

We hope you can get your hands on a hardcopy and experience the impeccable folding qualities of the book: the special swiss brochure-binding is taking into account the many fold-outs, and enables the reader to appreciate every page lying flat, i.e. without any loss of "gutter".

3. Great book, however suboptimal book format

We would like to offer you some insight in the decision making process on this production from the editorial and design point of view:

It is very rare that our design approach takes such an individualistic and strong position, since we usually strive not to steal the show to our contents/artists/artworks, but rather serve all our subjects with subtlety. In this case however, we agreed after a longer discussion (which included the publisher, the author, and also the Kubrick Estate) that simply reproducing the surface of this fabulous movie in a conventional, glossy book wouldn't do justice to the more profound reflections that are inherent to Kubrick's masterpiece – which can be perceived as "cold" in some regards in its monolithic, uncompromising execution, or even "brutal".

So our designers – M/M (Paris) – conceived the book like an entire symphony of fold-outs (preferably experienced with the Blue Danube playing in the background), which requires active intervention by the reader, rather than the "classic" leaned-back consumption. We were convinced that this approach would do justice to Stanley Kubrick's vision and methods, since 2OO1: A Space Odyssey (by the way also produced in the same unusual – horizontal – aspect ratio) was never intended to be an ordinary, shallowly consumable experience in the first place.

Overall, most people seem to love the book and the design decisions made!
Steve McCurry

Steve McCurry

“This is a real historical document. With backstage photos and information on the special effects, music, and narrative, I learned so much about this sci-fi masterpiece and about the fascinating, eccentric character of Kubrick.”
Illustration: Robert Nippoldt
The Making of Stanley Kubrick's '2001: A Space Odyssey'
New edition, only US$ 70
Original edition US$ 1,250
Save US$ 1,180