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Apollo and the Odyssey

Jul 23, 2020

In the late 1960s, while NASA’s Apollo program planned for humanity’s first steps on the Moon, Stanley Kubrick and his production team worked on their own ambitious voyage, 2001: A Space Odyssey. This conversation explores the cultural and scientific points of intersection, influence, and competition between the U.S. space program and Kubrick’s film, supplemented by rare archival footage and images.

Featuring Todd Douglas Miller (director, Apollo 11), Bill Barry (NASA Chief Historian), and Bert Ulrich (Multimedia Liaison at NASA Headquarters in Washington), in conversation with Eric Hynes, Curator of Film, and Sonia Epstein, Associate Curator of Science and Film.


Discussions with creative figures in film, television, and digital media—formerly the Pinewood Dialogues—made possible with a generous grant from the Pannonia Foundation.