...his conclusions...ought to be pondered by everyone with a serious interest in the film...Indeed, part of the fun of reading his book is deciding whether, detail by detail, one agrees or disagrees with Wheat's specific reading...Wheat's readings of the Nietzschean allegory are perhaps even more compelling...a valuable contribution to our understanding of the best science fiction film ever. (Science Fiction Studies
All of Wheat's correlations are well worth pondering. His writing is immediately accessible; he even directly addresses the reader, inviting forethought and additional speculation. (Extrapolation
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Acclaimed as one of the ten best films of all time, Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY has nonetheless baffled critics and filmgoers alike. Surrealism, intense symbolism, and mystifying ambiguity have created confusion and led many to doubt that even Kubrick had the answers. Leonard Wheat shows that Kubrick did have the answers--answers grounded in allegory. But whereas a normal allegory is a surface story that symbolically tells a hidden story, 2001's surface story does something unprecedent in film or literature. It tells three hidden stories: Homer's THE ODYSSEY; a spoofy tale based on science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke's idea of man-machine symbiosis; and Nietzsche's magnum opus, THUS SPAKE ZARATHUSTRA.