The Documentary Blog Recommends: Universe

For anyone looking for solid documentary recommendations, I suggest you start following the National Film Board of Canada’s twitter page. Every now and again they’ll throw up a link to a cool classic doc featured on their amazing website and thus begins a journey into their impressive back catalogue. This week they’ve highlighted Roman Kroitor & Colin Low’s 1960 documentary ‘Universe’, a film which apparently served as a source of inspiration for Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. The short documentary explores our Universe using surprisingly realistic animation and miniature effects in combination with Earth based source materials. It’s easy to imagine that the craftsmanship on display in this film were a good starting point for Kubrick to figure out how to successfully create a realistic and believable world in Space. Definitely impressive for the era it was created and definitely worth checking out! The full film is embedded above.

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