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Solaris (1972)
"Solyaris" (original title)

PG  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi  |  20 March 1972 (Soviet Union)
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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.


(as Andrey Tarkovskiy)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Natalya Bondarchuk ...
Donatas Banionis ...
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)


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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Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi


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Release Date:

20 March 1972 (Soviet Union)  »

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RUR 1,000,000 (estimated)

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(Eastman Double-X Negative Film)| (Eastman Color)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


This was the most widely seen of Andrei Tarkovsky's films outside of the Soviet Union. However, Tarkovsky himself reportedly considered it the least favorite of the films he directed. See more »


In the Library during and immediately after Dr. Snaut's birthday party, the heights of the candles and the center post of the candelabra change between shots. See more »


Hari: Did you ever think of me?
Kris Kelvin: Only when I was sad.
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Referenced in Event Horizon (1997) See more »


Fa-minornaya khoralnaya prelyudiya
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach (as I. S. Bakh)
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A gem of sci-fi & much more...
5 October 2004 | by See all my reviews

Haven't seen any other Tarkofsky. I hear that this is the film he is least fond of. I intend to see more of him.

As some other reviewer said, I had the feeling through the first one hour or so that some scenes went on for too long, or seemed a bit unnecessary and that it was too slow for the message to clearly be presented. But after a while, the slow pacing DID have a positive impact on the context of the film and on the "dialogue" between the film and the viewer. Anyway, after its plain & simple beginning, when the "action" is taken to the space station things get more and more interesting. No spoon-feeding here, as well. If you want all the mysteries in a film to be solved and explained, then you might not wanna see this, because the film is up to the viewer to think and dive in deep. Anyway, it ended up satisfying and leaving one in thoughts.

I am so glad I got to see this fabulous thoughtful movie. It's full of nice visuals and context. A recommendation to all who are fed up with Hollywood crap - but even Hollywood geeks could find many in this, if they can tolerate with the slow pace...

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