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Solaris (1971)

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.

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

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Khari
... Kris Kelvin, psikholog
... Doktor Snaut, kibernetik (as Yuri Yarvet)
Vladislav Dvorzhetskiy ... Anri Berton, pilot
... Nik Kelvin, otets Krisa Kelvina
... 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)
... 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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Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi

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26 September 1972 (Czechoslovakia)  »

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RUR 1,000,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In Lem's novel, Hari is spelt "Harey", an anagram of Rheya. This is probably a reference to the titan "Rhea", who was mother of the Gods in Greek mythology, and which is also the name of a moon of Saturn. Rhea was the wife of Cronus/Saturn (the ruler of time), and the sister of Oceanus (Solaris is an ocean planet) and Tethys, a sea goddess, as well as the mother of Poseidon/Neptune; her parents were Uranus (the sky god) and Gaia (the earth goddess). See more »

Goofs

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

Nik Kelvin, otets Krisa Kelvina: What did you have to offend him for? You're too harsh. It's dangerous to send people like you into space. Everything there is too fragile. Yes, fragile!
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Connections

Version of Solyaris (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

The Little Organ Book: Ich Ruf Zu Dir, Herr Jesu Christ - BWV 639
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach (as I. S. Bakh)
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A dream-like examination of love and first contact
11 March 2001 | by See all my reviews

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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