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The Russian answer to 2001, and very nearly as memorable a movie. The legendary Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky made this extremely deliberate science-fiction epic, an adaptation of a novel by Stanislaw Lem. The story follows a cosmonaut (Donatas Banionis) on an eerie trip to a planet where haunting memories can take physical form. Its bare outline makes it sound like a routine space-flight picture, an elongated Twilight Zone episode; but the further into its mysteries we travel, the less familiar anything seems. Even though Tarkovsky's meanings and methods are sometimes mystifying, Solaris has a way of crawling inside your head, especially given the slow pace and general lack of forward momentum. By the time the final images cross the screen, Tarkovsky has gone way beyond SF conventions into a moving, unsettling vision of memory and home. Well worthy of cult status, Solaris is both challenging art-house fare and a whacked-out head trip. --Robert Horton

DVD Features

  • Black & White
  • Color
  • Widescreen

Cast

Natalya BondarchukHari
Donatas BanionisKris Kelvin
Jüri JärvetDr. Snaut
Vladislav DvorzhetskiyHenri Berton
Nikolay GrinkoKelvin's Father
Anatoliy SolonitsynDr. Sartorius
Olga BarnetKris Kelvin's Mother
Vitalik KerdimunAndré Berton's son
Olga KizilovaGibarian's she-guest
Tatyana MalykhKris Kelvin's niece
Aleksandr MisharinShannahan, Berton's expedition host
Bagrat OganesyanProfessor Trajet
Tamara OgorodnikovaAnna, Kris Kelvin's aunt
Sos SargsyanDr. Gibarian, a physiologist
Yulian SemyonovChairman of Investigation Commission
V. StatsinskiyKris Kelvin in his early teen-age
Valentina SumenovaV. Sumenova
Georgiy TeykhProfessor Messenger
Raimundas BanionisKris Kelvin in his middle teen-age

  • Genre: Sci-Fi Movies
  • Director: Andrei Tarkovsky
  • Producer: Criterion/Voyager
  • Length: 169 min
  • Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaJan 1, 1972
    JapanQ4 1977
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG
    EuropePG
    AustraliaPG
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaNov 26, 2002
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