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Director:
Writers:
Stanislaw Lem (novel)
Fridrikh Gorenshteyn (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
20 March 1972 (Soviet Union) See more »
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Plot:
A psychologist is sent to a station orbiting a distant planet in order to discover what has caused the crew to go insane. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
2 wins & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
The magic of not knowing where we're going.... See more (220 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Natalya Bondarchuk ... Khari
Donatas Banionis ... Kris Kelvin, psikholog
Jüri Järvet ... Doktor Snaut, kibernetik (as Yuri Yarvet)
Vladislav Dvorzhetskiy ... Anri Berton, pilot
Nikolay Grinko ... Nik Kelvin, otets Krisa Kelvina
Anatoliy Solonitsyn ... Doktor Sartorius, astrobiolog
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)
V. Statsinskiy ... Kris Kelvin v yunosti
Valentina Sumenova (as V. Sumenova)
Georgiy Teykh ... Professor Messendzher (as G. Teykh)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Raimundas Banionis ... Kris Kelvin v otrochestve (uncredited)
Artyom Karapetyan ... Frantsuzskiy uchenyy na konferentsii (uncredited)
Vladimir Tatosov ... Doktor Snaut, kibernetik (voice) (uncredited)
Vladimir Zamanskiy ... Kris Kelvin, psikholog (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Andrei Tarkovsky  (as Andrey Tarkovskiy)
 
Writing credits
Stanislaw Lem (novel "Solaris") (as Stanislav Lem)

Fridrikh Gorenshteyn (screenplay) (as F. Gorenshteyn) &
Andrei Tarkovsky (screenplay) (as A. Tarkovskiy)

Original Music by
Eduard Artemev 
 
Cinematography by
Vadim Yusov 
 
Film Editing by
Lyudmila Feyginova  (as L. Feyginova)
Nina Marcus (uncredited)
 
Production Design by
Mikhail Romadin 
 
Set Decoration by
S. Gavrilov (decorator)
V. Prokofev (decorator)
 
Costume Design by
Nelli Fomina  (as N. Fomina)
 
Makeup Department
Vera Rudina .... makeup artist (as V. Rudina)
 
Production Management
Vyacheslav Tarasov .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mariya Chugunova .... assistant director (as M. Chugunova)
A. Ides .... assistant director
Yuriy Kushneryov .... associate director (as Yu. Kushneryov)
N. Mann .... trainee assistant director
Larisa Tarkovskaya .... assistant director (as L. Tarkovskaya)
 
Sound Department
Semyon Litvinov .... sound
 
Special Effects by
A. Klimenko .... special effects designer
V. Sevostyanov .... special effects camera
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Vadim Murashko .... photographer (as V. Murashko)
Yuriy Nevskiy .... assistant camera (as Yu. Nevskiy)
E. Paramanov .... chief lighting technician
Vladimir Shmyga .... assistant camera (as V. Shmyga)
Evgeniy Shvedov .... camera operator (as E. Shvedov)
 
Music Department
Raisa Lukina .... music editor (uncredited)
 
Other crew
N. Boyarova .... script editor
L. Lazarev .... script editor
Lev Lupichev .... consultant: engineering (as L. Lupichev)
I. Shklovskiy .... consultant: science
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Solyaris" - Soviet Union (original title)
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Runtime:
167 min | Italy:115 min (unapproved cut)
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Color:
Black and White (Eastman Double-X Negative Film) | Color (Eastman Color)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
It is quite common to hear this film compared to 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), however, Tarkovsky had not seen that film before shooting Solaris. When he did get round to seeing 2001, he criticised it for being "sterile".See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: A shadow in the mirror behind Khari in the library.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.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Nymphomaniac: Vol. I (2013)See more »
Soundtrack:
Fa-minornaya khoralnaya prelyudiyaSee more »

FAQ

What is the significance of the water dripping inside?
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73 out of 84 people found the following review useful.
The magic of not knowing where we're going...., 22 March 2006
Author: mu-kau from United Kingdom

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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