2001: Odissea nello spazio (film di Stanley Kubrick del 1968)

Chi vi scrive è consapevole di correre il rischio di essere banale nel raccontare il film 2001: ODISSEA NELLO SPAZIO, ma ci prova lo stesso. La celeberrima pellicola di fantascienza, diretta da Stanley Kubrick nel 1968, non ha una trama così specifica, ma lo svolgimento narrativo è assolutamente avveniristico e, pur avendo già compiuto 55 anni, è tuttora attuale. Il titolo non può non fare riferimento all’opera letteraria di Omero, scritta circa 2700 anni fa, e invece per quanto riguarda il commento musicale è affidato a brani classici.

La prima fase comincia con l’introduzione del poema sinfonico Così parlò Zarathustra composto da Richard Strauss, ed è l’alba dell’uomo, ove un gruppo di primati scopre un misterioso monolite. Nella seconda parte, in cui fa da apripista il valzer Sul bel Danubio blu di Johann Strauss figlio, si arriva allo 2001, con il monolite trovato milioni di anni prima, che emette segnali in direzione del pianeta Giove. Nella terza fase è protagonista il computer Hal 9000 che, attraverso uno strano senso di vendetta, decide di farla pagare a 2 astronauti, Frank e David, che lo volevano disinserire. A farne le spese è soprattutto Frank, mentre David si ritrova oltre l’infinito con il monolite che lo porta in una dimensione sconosciuta. In primis diventa estremamente vecchio, ma poi si ritrova in un gigantesco utero materno sotto forma di feto. Gli altri brani che accompagnano le scene, spesso scarne di dialoghi, sono l’adagio della suite Gajane di Aram Khacaturijan e Atmospheres, Requiem e Lux aeterna di Gyorgy Ligeti, tutti dalle caratteristiche cupe, ma che aprono ad orizzonti inesplorati.

Cinema, musica e scienza, mai come in questo caso sono un tutt’uno e 2001 è forse il film che più di tutti ha segnato un punto di non ritorno, tra vecchia e nuova settima arte.

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