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Solaris -- Ground control has been receiving mysterious transmissions from the three remaining residents of the Solaris space station. When cosmonaut and psychologist Kris Kelvin is dispatched to investigate, he experiences the same strange phenomena that afflict the Solaris crew, sending him on a voyage into the darkest recesses of his consciousness.


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Stanislaw Lem (novel)
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Release Date:
20 March 1972 (Soviet Union) See more »
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 »
2 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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A dream-like examination of love and first contact See more (236 total) »


  (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
Crew verified as complete

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

This is over an hour longer than the remake, Steven Soderbergh's Solaris (2002).See more »
Crew or equipment visible: A shadow in the mirror behind Khari in the library.See more »
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 »
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141 out of 161 people found the following review useful.
A dream-like examination of love and first contact, 11 March 2001
Author: sowr from Los Angeles, CA

Two truths drive this film: the inadequacy of human-kind to understand the Universe, and the inadequacy of human-kind to understand the human heart.

As such, using Lem's original idea, Tarkovsky successfully, explores these themes.

We are drawn in, through hauntingly beautiful imagery, to the internal struggles of Kris Kelvin as he attempts to understand feelings of love for his suicided wife, who has been mysteriously resurrected, presumably as an attempt by Solaris to communicate, or torture.

Of course Solaris is probably the most original alien ever concocted, (no phone-homes here) and as must be, utterly enigmatic and beyond communication.

Be warned, this film is very long, and sometimes slow, but for those who consider themselves science fiction addicts, it is a must view.

One of the top 5 sci-fi films of all time.

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