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Four-Star Films : '2001: A Space Odyssey'

November 26, 1995|Kevin Thomas

For all its stupendous visuals and challenge to the intellect, Stanley Kubrick's landmark allegory becomes abstract to the point of evasiveness but became a landmark film anyway. Keir Dullea (pictured) and Gary Lockwood are cast as human astronauts bound for Jupiter in search of human intelligence when they become locked in mortal combat with Hal, their rebellious computer. Kubrick, who wrote the film with Arthur C. Clarke, has explained that "upon entering Jupiter's orbit, Dullea enters another dimension, dies and is reborn, tracing man's ascent from ape to angel." (HBO Thursday at 10 a.m.)

Other four-star movies airing this week:

Foreign Correspondent / AMC, Monday, 10 a.m.

Stagecoach / AMC, Tuesday, 3:15 p.m.; early Wednesday, 2 a.m.

From Here to Eternity / SHOW, Wednesday, 8 a.m.

The Palm Beach Story / AMC, Wednesday, 10 a.m.

Shadow of a Doubt / AMC, Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.

A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) / AMC, Friday, 7:30 p.m.; early Saturday, 12:15 a.m.

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