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Tarkovski's SOLARIS
Friday, April 13, 2018, 07:00pm
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by Andrei Tarkovsky

Movie based on the philosophical science fiction novel SOLARIS written by Polish writer Stanisław Lem

From essay by Ted Gioja: "Solaris is Lem’s most famous work, and an excellent starting- point for readers who want to make the acquaintance of this seminal writer. What would happen, Lem asks, if an encounter with intelligent alien life took place on a biological level beyond our comprehension? What if the life form was so different that it no longer matched our pre-conceptions of how organisms look and act?"

From the 2014 essay by Stephen Dalton: "Andrei Tarkovsky was not a fan of science fiction. When pressed on the subject, the grand master of Soviet Russian cinema dismissed the sci-fi genre for its “comic book” trappings and vulgar commercialism. The son of a poet, Tarkovsky was an uncompromising visionary who dreamed of making films that combined the devotional majesty of medieval icon painting, the symphonic beauty of Bach and the moral weight of Dostoevsky.

Even so, Tarkovsky still happened to make two of the most revered and visually ravishing epics of the genre. Bookending the 1970s, Solaris (1972) and Stalker (1979) are inner-space odysseys with much in common. Both were based on cult novels. Both share key cast and crew members. And both are cryptic cautionary fables about men who boldly go to the outer limits of human knowledge, where they encounter alien entities that can read their minds and grant their deepest desires. So be careful what you wish for....."

Links to other reviews in ROTTEN TOMATOES
Critics consensus: Solaris is a haunting, meditative film
that uses sci-fi to raise complex questions
about humanity and existence.

The movie is free and open to the public

Location: Cinematheque, 4070 Vilas Hall (Fourth Floor)
821 University Ave, Madison, WI 54706