A breakdown of the revolutionary visual effects used in 2001: A Space Odyssey

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Vulture have an informative new video breaking down some of visionary cinematic and engineering techniques director Stanley Kubrick used in his iconic film 2001: A Space Odyssey. As the four-minute clip explains, some of these methods were so ahead of their time that the film still holds up today, more than 50-years after its release.

Stopping at nothing to get the results he was after, Kubrick even commissioned British airplane manufacturer Vickers-Armstrongs to build a 36-foot-wide centrifuge, allowing them to film some of the trickier space scenes. While the set piece cost a staggering $750,000 (a lot of money at the time), the results speak for themselves and the centrifuge has even been used to create famous scenes like the tilting hotel in Inception.

Find out more in the video above.