Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, is regarded as one of the greatest movies ever made. Despite countless articles, academic papers, books, and documentaries attempting to unfurl the many mysteries behind its creative design and storytelling, one thing we know for sure is that the epic sci-fi film has inspired the work of some of histories greatest filmmakers. 

In this video by Alejandro Villarreal, we get to hear how Kubrick's masterpiece (or one of them, at least) not only influenced and ignited the creativity of directors like Martin Scorsese, David Fincher, and Steven Spielberg, but also commanded the attention of film critics as well.

It's extremely subtle. It's extremely visual. And the story is razor thin. It was the first time people really took science fiction seriously. —George Lucas

It's really no secret that directors in the upper echelons of cinema regard 2001: A Space Odyssey so highly. Really, it's just interesting to hear so many of their thoughts, opinions, and ideas about his work all in one place.

While some describe their experience of seeing the film in the theater for the first time, others discuss its style and form, how it pushed the boundaries of cinema like no other film had done before. Steven Spielberg describes a conversation he had with Kubrick a few years before he passed away:

He would tell me, the last couple years of his life when we were talking about the form, he kept saying, "I want to change the form. I want to make a movie that changes the form." And I said, "Well, didn't you with '2001?'

What are your thoughts on 2001: A Space Odyssey? Do you think the film pushed the cinematic form to new heights? Discuss down in the comments.

Source: Alejandro Villarreal@Alamo City