Kubrick's greatest and most famous film - adapted from Arthur C Clarke's novella 'The Sentinel' - is a masterpiece of time, scale, silence and compression. Kubrick's complete mastery as a director is evident in every frame and every scene as an almost sadistically precise exposition of story and character creates a steady accretion of perplexed tension in the viewer.2001: A Space Odyssey was a landmark film upon it's initial release but received mixed and often very misguided reviews, a fate that would befall Eyes Wide Shut many years later. The film's true meaning remains as opaque as the famous black monolith that appears inexplicably throughout the film like a freak thunderstorm on a sunny day.