HAL 9000 is highly intelligent, incapable of making a mistake, insists on total control (of the Discovery), a peerless chess-player, utterly methodical yet capable of paying attention to every detail, sees the world through a lens, and is rather contemptuous of humanity . . . Does this sound like a portrait of any film-maker you might be able to think of, and for whose work we have a high regard? :-) (C.C.) Why'dja think he was the only sympathetic character in the film? :) (G.A.)
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