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Solaris (1972)

Solyaris (original title)
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)


(novel) (as Stanislav Lem), (screenplay) (as F. Gorenshteyn) | 1 more credit »
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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
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:

26 September 1972 (Czechoslovakia)  »

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RUR 1,000,000 (estimated)

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

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Henri Berton's name may be a reference to André Breton (1896-1966), the leader and founder of the surrealist movement. His last name is an anagram of "Breton", and his first name "Henri" is a French forename. See more »


The camera crew is reflected in the video screen as Chris watches Dr. Gibarian's message. See more »


Anri Berton, pilot: Knowledge is only valid when it's based on morality.
Kris Kelvin: Man is the one who renders science moral or immoral. Remember Hiroshima?
Anri Berton, pilot: Then don't make science immoral.
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References Vertigo (1958) See more »


Fa-minornaya khoralnaya prelyudiya
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach (as I. S. Bakh)
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the dream language
28 January 2003 | by (oslo, norway) – See all my reviews

I don't know any other film which moves me like this film does. The first pictures when Chris moves in and out of the picture, and the water flowing, has the mark of a genius work. And when he wants to taker her dress off, and he has to cut it with scissors, or when he makes her go into the space ship, I don't know any other film which can show the language of our dreams like this film, and the language of mourning. A masterpiece from the master.

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