|Astronauts Poole (Gary Lockwood, left) and Bowman (Keir Dullea) |
futilely seek privacy from the all-seeing computer, HAL 9000.
he once said, "goes a long way if all you are buying is food.") He is very fond of charts and bulletin boards and while the technical studies were taking place the office walls were crowded with photographs, drawings of space ships and various pieces of material suggested for space suits. In neighboring buildings there were crews at work constructing the Orbiter Hilton, hotel for visitors in transit to the Moon, or a pre-historic landscape for the scenes involving the dawn of man. The space ships of the future, in which men will live for months, and maybe years, will have artificial gravity, which will keep things from flying around, and which also seems necessary for the health of the astronauts. One way of supplying gravity is with a centrifuge-a room that spins so that things are stuck to the edges just as gravity holds things to the ground. Kubrick wanted his space ships to have "centrifugal gravity" so he had the Vickers Armstrong Engineering Group build, at the cost of seven-hundred and fifty thousand