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Solaris (1972) Movie Review Summary

Actors: Natalya Bondarchuk, Donatas Banionis, Anatoli Solonitsyn

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Based on the Stanislas Lem novel, SOLARIS is a movie cowritten and directed by Andrei Tarkovsky in 1972. The picture earned the Grand Prize of the Jury at the Cannes Film Festival.
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Kris Kelvin, a psychologist, is sent to Solaris in order to decide whether it is useful or not to continue to explore the planet. There are only three people left inside the Solaris base as the rest of the scientists have returned to Earth. When he arrives at the base, Kris is told by Snaut and Sartorius that Gabarian, the third member of the group, has just committed suicide. It appears that an alien intelligence, hidden in Solaris ocean, has the ability to materialize the thoughts or souvenirs of the members of the crew. Soon Kris must face Hari, his late wife who died seven years ago on Earth.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzle 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 60% **Fantasy or Science Fiction?**    -   science fiction story Explore/1st contact    -   Yes Explore plotlet:    -   exploring a wondrous planet or phenomenon Inner Struggle    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   search for identity/new understanding

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   scientist Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Russian

Setting

Spaceship setting:    -   primative (present, near future) human spaceship    -   a space station A substantial portion of this movie takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:    -   humans in a contemporary society    -   neutral aliens    -   empty, or nearly empty world Planet outside our solar system?    -   Yes Takes place in spaceship?    -   Yes Water?    -   Yes Forests?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Tone of movie    -   spiritual Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing Kinds of F/X    -   exotic alien landscape Is this movie based on a    -   book

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