You might not be a science fiction fan but Kubrick's epic 2001: A Space Odyssey should pretty much be on any serious movie lover's "to see" list, if it hasn't already been viewed at least three dozen times in its entirety. Eh, maybe two dozen is a more appropriate number. The film is noted for it's revolutionary use of special effects (and a decade before Star Wars no less!) but even more so for it's memorable use of classical music.
Well, here's a little tidbit of info you may not have already known. Prior to the film's release in April of 1968, Kubrick had commissioned Alex North, a famed Hollywood composer who previously worked on the director's Spartacus and Dr. Strangelove, to score an entirely original soundtrack to the film. During post-production, however, Kubrick decided to add the now unforgettable classical musical pieces, thus ensuring North's original score would forever be unheard. Until now!
To kick-off the fifth annual Los Angeles United Film Festival, which will be screening some of the best and brightest independent films, as well as a few classics, from April 28th through May 5th, the organizers will screen 2001 the way it was intended to be seen—with Alex North's original score! Following the screening, industry vets, some of whom were at the original scoring sessions, will engage in a special multimedia panel discussion, thus giving an insider's account of the real backstory behind this unlikely Hollywood controversy.
The screening of Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey with Alex North's original score takes place on Thursday, April 28th at 7pm at the Vista Theatre. But before you watch Kubrick's masterpiece, be sure to hit up the Beauty Bar in Hollywood tonight from 7pm to midnight for an official kickoff party to the festival. All filmmakers, filmgoers, alumni and their guests are invited to join so don't miss out!
Just The Facts
What: Los Angeles United Film Festival
Where: Los Feliz 3 Cinemas; 1822 Vermont Ave.
When: April 28th through May 5th
Tickets: $10 for screenings, $50 for an All Access Pass, $25 for a Student/United Alumni Pass
Contact: For more information and to purchase tickets, visit