Music, Science and 2001: A Space Odyssey

Music, Science and 2001: A Space Odyssey Christopher Heathcote Music plays a leading role in Stanley Kubrick’s films. Take the moment in Full Metal Jacket where a transitional darkness between two segments is broken by Nancy Sinatra’s 1966 pop hit “These Boots Are Made for Walkin’”, and then the audience is pitched visually onto thronging Saigon streets. Or the end of the same film where, after a frightening day’s action during the Tet Offensive, a platoon of US Marines walk through the ruins of Hue cheerily singing the Mickey Mouse Club song. Then there are—throughout A Clockwork Orange—those servings of…

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