☛ LACMA – Stanley Kubrick: “Dress rehearsals for the spaceship crew for 2001: A Space Odyssey, with costume design by Hardy Amies, London”. © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Photo courtesy of the Stanley Kubrick Archive at the University of the Arts, London.
In this production photo from 2001: A Space Odyssey (IMDb), a space stewardess is seen elegantly using a portable videophone. If the blue, circle badge on her uniform is any indication (see Flickr) she’s stationed, in the film, at Clavius Base which served as a Research Center when the first monolith was discovered on the Moon.
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In November 2012, in conjunction with its ongoing exhibition on Stanley Kubrick (November 1, 2012-June 30, 2013), the Los Angeles County Museum of Art released a free app for iPhone and iPad. It’s describe as
the next-best thing to a trip to the Stanley Kubrick Archive at the University of the Arts London
The app is indeed loaded with rare and never-before-seen production stills from most of Kubrick’s film ―from Paths of Glory in 1957 to Eyes Wide Shut in 1999―, audio and video interviews (which are streamed: an internet connexion is required), hand written notes and original drawings by Stanley Kubrick, note cards, letters of congratulations addressed to him, continuity reports, storyboards, pages of scripts and more. Remember the letter Stanley Kubrick wrote to his production company during the production of 2001: A Space Odyssey regarding I.B.M. which was shared on the Internet quite recently? Both this letter and the response Kubrick received from his production company are included the Kubrick app as well (see Letters of Note: “Does IBM know that HAL is psychotic?” Jan. 4, 2013). In total, the app offers over 200 iconographic items alone (including those illustrating this post).
The Stanley Kubrick exhibition was organized by the Deutsches Filmmuseum, Frankfurt am Main, Christiane Kubrick and The Stanley Kubrick Archive at University of the Arts London. The authorized Stanley Kubrick Exhibition website seems to suggest that Los Angeles is actually the last stop for this travelling exhibition (which started in Frankfurt am Main in 2004). Those who won’t be able to attend may be interested in browsing a gallery of 20 photos showing how the exhibition looks like in Los Angeles (it was designed by Patti Podesta).
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I first spotted the photo of the space stewardess using a portable videophone via Evan Cordes’s Mlkshk. A “Search by Image” in Google Images allowed me to find it’s origin.
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