This is an original, previously-folded, humungous Japanese B0 movie poster from 1968 for the FIRST release of 2001: A Space Odyssey. Stanley Kubrick's landmark science fiction film is still considered one of the most influential sci-fi films of all time.
"It has been cited as one of the greatest science fiction films ever made and after over 50 years, still retains that distinction. But when the film opened in 1968, it created a lot of controversy and sensation. The surreal ending that could be interpreted in a number of different ways captured the imaginations of audiences -- especially the younger generation. It became the thing to do to go to the film to experience the mind-blowing special effects at the film's end." (Source: ATM)
In this size only a handful remain in the world. Japanese B0 posters are the rarest format and are 100.0 x 141.4 cm (39.4 × 55.7 inches.)
This poster was rare even in 1968. In 2021, this may be the only copy left. It is certainly the only copy for sale anywhere in the world right now. This type of poster usually never survives as they are torn down or pasted over with a new release.
This poster is in a fantastic condition and has been stored very carefully for over half a century. Please review the imagery as this is the exact poster that you will be purchasing.
For the fantastically rare chance to find this, a Certificate of Authenticity is included.