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Solaris (1972)
"Solyaris" (original title)

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A psychologist is sent to a station orbiting a distant planet in order to discover what has caused the crew to go insane.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Natalya Bondarchuk ...
Donatas Banionis ...
Jüri Järvet ...
Doktor Snaut, kibernetik (as Yuri Yarvet)
Vladislav Dvorzhetskiy ...
Anri Berton, pilot
Nikolay Grinko ...
Nik Kelvin, otets Krisa Kelvina
Anatoliy Solonitsyn ...
Olga Barnet ...
Mat Krisa Kelvina (as O. Barnet)
Vitalik Kerdimun ...
Syn Anri Bertona (as V. Kerdimun)
Olga Kizilova ...
Gostya doktora Gribaryana (as O. Kizilova)
Tatyana Malykh ...
Plemyannitsa Krisa Kelvina (as T. Malykh)
Aleksandr Misharin ...
Shanakhan, predsedatel komissii Anri Bertona (as A. Misharin)
Bagrat Oganesyan ...
Professor Tarkhe (as B. Oganesyan)
Tamara Ogorodnikova ...
Anna, tetka Krisa Kelvina (as T. Ogorodnikova)
Sos Sargsyan ...
Doktor Gribaryan, fiziolog (as S. Sarkisyan)
Yulian Semyonov ...
Predsedatel nauchnoy konferentsii (as Yu. Semyonov)
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Storyline

The Solaris mission has established a base on a planet that appears to host some kind of intelligence, but the details are hazy and very secret. After the mysterious demise of one of the three scientists on the base, the main character is sent out to replace him. He finds the station run-down and the two remaining scientists cold and secretive. When he also encounters his wife who has been dead for ten years, he begins to appreciate the baffling nature of the alien intelligence. Written by Dan Ellis

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20 March 1972 (Soviet Union)  »

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RUR 1,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Snaut mentions the legend of Martin Luther and the inkwell. Luther, who was the founder of the Protestant Reformation, is said to have thrown an inkwell at the Devil to drive him away, when he tried to annoy him in the night. This may, in fact, be a simple misunderstanding. Although there is an ink stain on the wall of Luther's room at the Wartburg, the notion that he had "driven the Devil away with ink", may in fact refer to his German translation of the Bible, and his writings, and so to be taken metaphorically. See more »

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When Kris is standing in the rain near the beginning of the film the camera tilts down to the table to show a coffee cup and various other items. The cut to the next shot of Kris shows him to have moved (which seems reasonable as a small amount of time has elapsed) but all the items on the table are now in a different configuration. See more »

Quotes

Kris Kelvin: Well, anyway, my mission is finished. And what next? To return to Earth? Little by little everything will return to normal. I'll find new interests, new acquaintances, but I won't be able to devote all of myself to them.
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Fa-minornaya khoralnaya prelyudiya
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach (as I. S. Bakh)
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The magic of not knowing where we're going....
22 March 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Like the majority of reviewers here, I rate this film as one of the most profound viewing experiences I can remember. While the IMDb guidelines recommend avoiding reference to specific reviews of Solaris within this section, I strongly believe that there is much to be learnt about this movie by evaluating those reviews as a whole.

This is clearly either a love or a hate movie. Those who love it describe in detail its effect on them, the feelings it evokes, its significance and the depth of its philosophical enquiry. Those who hate it largely describe it as too slow-paced; boring.

What matters to me about this film which I first watched as mesmerised 15 year old is that it is almost entirely the antithesis of Classical Hollywood cinema. It came from behind the Iron Curtain (that dark place whose strange and hidden 'otherness' has, like the plot of any modern movie, now also been laid wide open by capitalist 'democracy'). Its actors were unknown - more like real people than the celebrities the West populates its movies with. Its pace was slow, mesmeric, hypnotic and atmospheric. It was completely free of the kind of 'good triumphs over evil' motif that riddles Hollywood film-making, where 'good' is white-ness, wealth, youth, Westernness and so on.

The pleasure of Solaris was that I didn't know what I was watching. I didn't know who I was watching. I didn't know the culture it reflected and - most importantly - I didn't know what was going to happen.

Perhaps its only in re-watching the 1971 Solaris that it becomes apparent to me that somewhere along the way we have been stripped of the right to not know; robbed of the true narrative thrill of being led into the dark, magical forest of the unknown.


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