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For the moonscape scene, for example, Kubrick had 90 tons of sand dyed gray. As the film lurched into existence—without a set plot line, much less a finished script—its behind-the-scenes reality often proved as outlandish as its futuristic fiction. Clarke and the Making of a Masterpiece. Stanley decided to take his chances with the universe.
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Early in pre-production Kubrick proposed to Clarke that they co-write a novel first, then base their film script on it—rather than the other way around. In fact, the director had promised Clarke that their novel could be published before the film came out.
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A behind-the-scenes shot of Stanley Kubrick on set. During production, Kubrick at first refused to let spacewalking stuntman Bill Weston wear a second cable for safety, although he was 30 feet above a hard concrete studio floor. In another incident, Kubrick refused to let Weston punch holes in the back of his space helmet, which meant the stuntman was perpetually on the verge of blacking out from carbon-dioxide poisoning as he engaged in complicated maneuvers while hanging high above the camera.
But Kubrick had fled the scene, causing production to grind to a halt for several days. The mysterious black monolith began as a translucent Plexiglas tetrahedron, which ultimately assumed a monolith shape because Plexiglas cools better that way.
And the decision for HAL to kill off most of the crew came from visual-effects supervisor Doug Trumbull, who suggested that this would resolve some loose plot points—an idea the director at first angrily rejected. Arthur C. Clarke, worried that Kubrick might reject further collaboration with him because he was gay, one day mustered the nerve to confront the issue head on.
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Abolitionists in the North organized and funded several thousand settlers to move to Kansas and presumably vote later to make it a free state. Henry Ward Beecher. In some districts the number of ballots counted was twice the number of registered voters. Few of the Border Ruffians actually owned slaves since they were too poor. Following the elections, a territorial legislature convened and promptly expelled all of the antislavery delegates, then enacted a series of proslavery laws.
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The free-soil settlers were not necessarily abolitionists. Most were farmers who opposed slavery because the institution brought with it the plantation system. A replication of the cotton belt economy in Kansas would drive out the small homesteaders.
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The free-soilers loved their lands more than they cared about the plight of the slaves. But the Abolitionists, staking their all upon the Kansas issue, and hesitating at no means, fair or foul, are moving heaven and earth to render that beautiful territory not only a free state, so-calloed, but a den of Negro thieves and "higher law" incendiaries. John Brown. The so-called "Border War" lasted for another four months until a new governor, John W.
Geary, managed to prevail upon the Missourans to return home in late A fragile peace followed, but violent outbreaks continued intermittently for several more years. National reaction to the events in Kansas demonstrated how deeply divided the country had become. The Border Ruffians were widely applauded in the South, even though their actions had cost the lives of numerous people. In the North the murders committed by Brown and his followers were ignored by most and lauded by a few.
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