The 2001 File: Harry Lange and the Design of the Landmark Science Fiction Film

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This stunning tome is a previously unseen look behind-the-scenes at the making of this most legendary of science-fiction classics. It is an in-depth examination of the complete, largely unpublished archive of art director Harry Lange’s designs, concepts, roughs and photographs. Lange’s strikingly realistic designs created an extraordinary vision of the future. By releasing this unpublished archive and explaining its significance, the book takes the reader/viewer on a journey deep into the visual thinking behind 2001 for the first time ever.
The book is about the process, as well as the finished product. It examines how Harry Lange’s experience with NASA fed into the innovations of the film. It includes rejected designs, concepts and roughs, as well as the finished works. It also reveals how the design team was obsessed with things that actually might work, and reproduces several innovations that were science fiction in the 1960s but have since become science fact, including a ‘newspad’ designed by IBM that bears an uncanny resemblance to today’s iPad. The remarkable designs for 2001 created a credible vision of the future.

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Christopher Frayling is an art historian, critic and award-winning broadcaster. He is a Professor Emeritus and a Fellow of Churchill College Cambridge and was awarded a knighthood in 2001 for "Services to Art and Design Education". He has published several books including, Ken Adam: The Art of Production Design and Once Upon a Time in Italy. His television and radio series include Nightmare: The Birth of Horror, America: the movie and Britannia: the film.

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Eighty per cent of the material in this new book is taken from his personal collection, and testifies to the perfectionism of Kubrick's approach. (Tim Robey The Telegraph, December 7, 2015)

Beautifully presented, Frayling's book offers an exhaustive examination of the making of 2001. He gives a fascinating insight into Kubrick's process (Eliza Williams CreativeReview, December, 8, 2015)

Christopher Frayling explores the rich legacy of the unsung hero behind the visual aesthetic of Stanley Kubrick's 1968 film. (BBC.co.uk, December 14, 2015)

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