A brain-bending game you can play while watching 2001: A Space Odyssey: Imagine you’re the first audience to see it. Would you recognize its greatness, or might you, like the Voice’s Andrew Sarris in 1968, dismiss it as “a thoroughly uninteresting failure”? Sarris revised his opinion two years later, after seeing 2001 while “under the influence of a smoked substance”—and with 20 minutes of repetitious footage gone, cut by Kubrick after the movie hit theaters. Sarris discovered much to admire, especially in the HAL sequence: “I have never seen the death of a mind rendered so profoundly or poetically,” he wrote. All this week 2001 captivates/bores again on a canvas big enough to do it justice: the new Steinberg Screen at the BAM Harvey Theater.

Mondays-Sundays, 3 & 7:30 p.m. Starts: July 3. Continues through July 9, 2013