Watch as 15 Iconic Directors Fawn Over Kubrick's '2001: A Space Odyssey'

As if you needed more proof that "2001: A Space Odyssey" is one of the greatest, most influential films in history...

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.     

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2001 is a masterpiece by any standard. It is easily one of the most profound pieces of art in any medium.

November 9, 2017 at 8:52PM


2001 is probably the only movie that places the audience in space. I mean realistic space.And that has been unsurpassed. Space is huge and things don’t go fast.No Director has learned that lesson yet. Amazing!

November 10, 2017 at 12:23AM

Javier Diez
for a quick reminder of it's visuals

November 11, 2017 at 9:21AM


At 12, 2001 a Space Odyssey changed my entire life. I eventually became an engineer. I earned a degree in computer science. I went on to have a very successful career. I am not alone, I think.

November 11, 2017 at 6:34PM

John D Clark
Actually, these days I am an engineer. But once upon a time.

The most unique (and arguably the single greatest) film ever created.

November 13, 2017 at 12:01PM


This film is something else. In this day and age of fast media and content it pushes you to the absolute limit but in the end it's incredibly rewarding. I can't properly explain it but it feels like your brain has had a reboot after watching this film. A heightened ability to process deep thoughts. I wonder if he knew... Kubrick was a genius by any standard.

April 2, 2018 at 12:06PM