2001: A Space Odyssey

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Opening scenes of prehistoric earth depict craggy plains, animal skeletons, and the primordial sounds of wind and insects. Underfed Pleistocene ape-men congregate on a desert plateau and eat amongst gentle tapirs. Led by Moonwatcher and with much squawking, gesturing, and mock ferocity, the apes successfully defend their territorial waterhole against a rival ape gang. Next morning the awakening ape-men discover that a large rectangular black monolith has mysteriously appeared in the middle of their plateau den. Led by Moonwatcher they tentatively touch, stroke, and caress it.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)422
Number of pages424
JournalTeaching Sociology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1993


  • film
  • science fiction


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