Wednesday, August 21, 2013

SOLARIS (ANDREI TARKOVSKY, 1972)

Solaris, USSR, 1972
Dir: Andrei Tarkovsky
Cast: Donatas Banionis, Natalya Bondarchuk


A Soviet film unlike any you’ve ever seen, Solaris takes place in a near future where scientists have been experimenting on a strange ocean planet called Solaris. When officials on Earth learn that the crew has lost their minds on the spacecraft, they send Kris Kelvin, a psychologist, to investigate. Arriving at the station, Kelvin experiences bizarre occurrences. First he learns of his friend’s suicide that occurred aboard the spacecraft before Kelvin arrived. The morning after he arrives, he is awakened to find that his deceased wife is in his room. He doesn’t comprehend her presence, but with the help of his colleagues aboard the ship, he comes to understand that she is a creation of his subconscious, and he begins to fall in love with her all over again. 

Moving at a slow pace, the film carefully reveals that the planet has a mind of its own and is able to extract the thoughts and feelings of its inhabitants. Once a hub of science and exploration, the space station is now a hollow mask of its former self. And its up to Kelvin to bring things to order, until he sees his wife, and he falls spell to the magic of outer space. 

Before Solaris, Mr. Tarkovsky had completed the religious epic Andrei Rublev in 1966, but it consequently became one of his worst received films and was never given an official theatrical release. Needing money and work, Tarkovsky decided to adapt notable science-fiction author Stanislaw Lem’s 1961 novel Solaris. It concerns itself with matters of love, loss, memories, dreams, and has become Tarkovsky’s most reocognizable film today.
 
 
Andrei Tarkovsky began his career in the early 1960s with Ivan’s Childhood, and followed it up with Andrei Rublev. It would be a full six years before Tarkovsky made another film. Facing government opposition, Tarkovsky continued to direct, albeit at a slow pace, until 1979, when the Soviets essentially blocked Tarkovsky from making another film. Moving around to Italy, and then to Sweden, Tarkovsky only directed seven total films before his untimely death at the age of 54 in 1986. Legend has it that he, as well as his wife and another crew member, contracted radiation poisoning during the filming of Stalker in 1979, and all three died within years of the production.

In 2002, Oscar-winning filmmaker Steven Soderbergh directed his own adaptation of the novel. Although the film moves at a much faster pace and excludes a lot of the detailed storytelling of Tarkovsky’s version, the 2002 Solaris is still very competent at focusing on the personal and metaphysical aspects of the novel. Although Lem disregarded both as being too attentive to the romantic nature of his story, rather than the scientific. Solaris is a study in existentialism. Overly philosophical and meditative, it is also a wonder. It is slow, and ambiguous, but like all great art, it should be viewed several times and analyzed in order to extract all of its secrets and meanings. Solaris is a film about the subconscious. The planet the astronauts are orbiting is a living organism that is able to extract the deepest emotions and fantasies of its inhabitants. For some, it’s a child, or an old friend, for others, like Kelvin, it is a deceased spouse.

Over the years, Solaris has gained popularity as a companion piece to Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, released four years prior to Solaris. In many ways, it was the Russian response to Kubrick’s masterpiece. Solaris features Donatas Banionis as Kelvin, the beautiful Natalya Bondarchuk as his wife and Tarkovsky regular Anatoliy Solonitsyn as a doctor on board the station. It won the Grand Prix Prize of the Jury at the 1972 Cannes Film Festival, and has been paired with Kubrick’s 2001 for double features at repertory theaters around the world for many years. Solaris is a classic of science fiction cinema, and a mystifying enigma that has puzzled critics and audiences ever since its release.

57 comments:

  1. Replies
    1. Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games Opening Ceremony is officially known to take place on 5th of August 2016, Friday evening in Maracanã Stadium of the Rio de Janeiro at 20:00 BRT (23:00 UTC). Olympic Opening Ceremony 2016.

      Delete

  2. a legal rights of folks. For now I'd prefer to help <Bajrangi Bhaijaan Full Movie
    Bajrangi Bhaijaan Full Movie Watch Online,a
    a legal rights of folks. For now I'd prefer to help Mission Impossible 5 Full Movie,a
    alegal rights of folks. For now I'd prefer to help Mission Impossible 5 Full Movie Online,a
    alegal rights of folks. For now I'd prefer to help Mission Impossible 5 Full Movie,a
    alegal rights of folks. For now I'd prefer to help Bajrangi Bhaijaan Full Movie,a
    alegal rights of folks. For now I'd prefer to help Drishyam Full Movie,a
    alegal rights of folks. For now I'd prefer to help Drishyam Full Movie Online,a
    alegal rights of folks. For now I'd prefer to help Baahubali Full Movie In Hindi,a
    alegal rights of folks. For now I'd prefer to help Baahubali Full Movie,a

    ReplyDelete

  3. First of all i am saying that i like your post very much.I am really impressed by the way in which you presented the content and also the structure of the post. Hope you can gave us more posts like this and i really appreciate your hardwork.

    Happy New Year 2018
    Happy New Year 2017
    Chinese New Year 2017

    ReplyDelete
  4. http://arealblogger.blogspot.com/2010/10/i-am-sick-i-am-tired-but-i-want-to.html

    ReplyDelete
  5. Here you can get all the details of AP SSC result 2017 and also check out UP Board 12th Result 2017

    ReplyDelete
  6. MPBSE Dept. soon issue the date of

    MP Board 10th Result 2017
    and Punjab Board of School Education will announce PSEB

    Board 12th in May 2017 check Punjab 12th Result 2017 .

    ReplyDelete
  7. There are going to declared out CBSE 12th Result 2017 in the month of May, 2017. Download CBSE 12th Result 2017 once releases out.

    ReplyDelete
  8. Here we get good details, you can get Kerala HSE Result 2017 details, when the Kerala HSE Result 2017 will be released.



    Check Bihar Board 12th result from here in the month of May/ June.

    ReplyDelete
  9. Nice, Thank you for sharing, the article is very interesting

    Happy Fathers Day 2017 Quotes

    ReplyDelete
  10. Madhya Pradesh Education Board will be going to annouces the MP Board 10th Result 2018 School Wise after evaluating the answer sheet of students. You can also attemtps to download MP Board 10th Result 2018 Name Wise with the uses of same website.

    ReplyDelete
  11. SEBA HSLC Results 2018, Assam SEBA 10th Result 2018 Marksheet : Secondary Education Board Assam (SEBA) is responsible for organizing every year 10th Class Exam within the boundaries of Assam State.

    ReplyDelete
  12. All the Madhya Pradesh 10th Board Candidates, who are lookig for the MP Board 10th Result 2018 , that will be released by Madhya Pradesh Board of Secondary Edcuation in May 2018. Your Board examination time table will be available in January 2018 Onward. Keep Visit Official web portal regularly for more updates.

    ReplyDelete
  13. MBOSE HSSLC Result 2018, results.mbose.in Results 2018 Name Wise: Today MBOSE HSSLC The Meghalaya Board of School Education will announce very soon the Meghalaya Board HSSLC Result 2018.

    ReplyDelete
  14. MBOSE SSLC Result Will be condidate soon MBOSE SSLC Result Examination in March 2018 candidate can check their MBOSE SSLC Result 2018 will be very excited to check their MBOSE SSLC Result 2018 ,You can look for information on our website.

    ReplyDelete
  15. MBOSE SSLC Result Will be condidate soon MBOSE SSLC Result Examination in March 2018 candidate can check their MBOSE SSLC Result 2018 will be very excited to check their MBOSE SSLC Result 2018 ,You can look for information on our website.

    ReplyDelete
  16. MBSE HSLC Result, Will be condidate soon MBSE HSLC Resul Examination in March 2018 candidate can check their MBSE HSLC Result 2018 Good news for all those students who are going to appear in Mizoram class 10th examination that Mizoram board of secondary education will soon issue the Mizoram Board 10th Result 2018 through official website ,You can see full information on our website.

    ReplyDelete
  17. Thank you for providing such good and relevant information. Quality of content is excellent. How can i check the latest inofmration about SEBA HSLC Result 2018 online. i am unable to find out the main web site, So, Please help me to provide the exam time table and other important details here .

    ReplyDelete
  18. SEBA HSLC Results 2018, Assam SEBA 10th Result 2018 Marksheet : Secondary Education Board Assam (SEBA) is responsible for organizing every year 10th Class Exam within the boundaries of Assam State.

    ReplyDelete
  19. Secondary Education Board of Education Will be conducted soon SEBA HSLC Examination in March 2018 All Candidate can Check their SEBA HSLC Result 2018 We will update the exact date and time of Results.As soon as the 10th result released by the SEBA HSLC Examination board, We will update the information.

    ReplyDelete

  20. All appeared students will be invited soon to download MBOSE SSLC Result mark sheet from the official website of Meghalaya Board in May 2018. MBOSE SSLC Result 2018 they will be very excited to check their MBOSE SSLC Result, full information can be viewed on the official website.

    ReplyDelete
  21. JAC Matric Result 2018, jac.nic.in Jharkhand JAC 10th Result 2018 Ranchi Board : Dear, candidates if you have attempted the Matric examination of JAC Board or extremely waiting.

    ReplyDelete
  22. Candidates who are looking to MBOSE Exam 10th Result 2018 will be check in May 2018, MBOSE SSLC Result 2018 So Students of Meghalaya who are preparing for MBOSE 10th Class Exam 2018, they can search their MBOSE 10th Result 2018 from the official website.

    ReplyDelete
  23. All the candidates of Mizoram Board of Secondary Education are now anxiously waiting for MBSE HSLC Result 2018. For more details and latest updates, MBSE HSLC Result 2018

    ReplyDelete
  24. MBSE HSLC Result 2018, Mizoram Board 10th Result 2018 School Wise: Dear, students here we have some good news the Mizoram Board of Secondary Education (MBSE) is successfully completed.

    ReplyDelete
  25. SEBA HSLC Results 2018,At the very first you will be going to have downloaded Assam SEBA 10th Result 2018 from only designated website.

    ReplyDelete