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Director:
Writers:
Stanislaw Lem (novel)
Fridrikh Gorenshteyn (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
26 September 1972 (Czechoslovakia) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
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 »
Awards:
2 wins & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
There's something about this movie, I just can't put my finger on it... See more (248 total) »

Cast

  (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)
 
Art Department
Paolo Rocco Innamorato .... first assistant art director (uncredited)
 
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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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Solaris" - Europe (English title) (imdb display title), International (imdb display title), International (English title) (imdb display title), UK (imdb display title), USA (imdb display title)
"Солярис" - Soviet Union (Russian title)
"Solaris" - Argentina (imdb display title), Mexico (DVD box title), Spain (imdb display title)
"Solaris" - Canada (French title) (imdb display title), France (imdb display title)
"Solaris" - Brazil (imdb display title), Portugal (imdb display title)
"Σολάρις" - Greece
"Соларис" - Bulgaria (Bulgarian title)
"Solaris" - Spain (Catalan title) (imdb display title)
"Solaris" - Poland (imdb display title)
"Solaris" - Czechoslovakia (imdb display title)
"Solaris" - Belgium (Flemish title) (festival title)
"Solaris" - Italy (imdb display title)
"Solaris" - West Germany (imdb display title)
"Solaris" - Croatia (imdb display title)
"Solaris" - Yugoslavia (Serbian title) (imdb display title)
"Solaris" - Denmark (imdb display title)
"Solaris" - Sweden (imdb display title)
"Solaris" - Hungary (imdb display title)
"Solaris" - Finland (imdb display title)
"Soliaris" - Lithuania (imdb display title)
"Wakusei Sorarisu" - Japan (imdb display title)
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Runtime:
167 min | Italy:115 min (unapproved cut)
Country:
Language:
Color:
Black and White (Eastman Double-X Negative Film) | Color (Eastman Color)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Australia:NRC (original rating) | Australia:M (re-rating) (2006) | Finland:S | Hong Kong:I | Netherlands:14 (1974) | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:15 | Sweden:15 | Taiwan:PG-12 (2017) | UK:PG | UK:A (original rating) | UK:12A (theatrical re-release) (2016) | USA:PG | USA:TV-G (TV rating) | West Germany:12
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Trivia:
A number of sources claimed that Soviet officials withheld the 165-minute version from export. Mosfilm did indeed issue this version for export, and subtitled prints were being shown in the United States in 1973.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: During Snouth's birthday party, Chris falls to his knees in front of Hari. The camera clearly shows she is barefoot. In the following long shot, she is wearing shoes.See more »
Quotes:
Kris Kelvin:Who was it? She died 10 years ago.
Dr. Snaut:What you saw was the materialization of your conception of her.
Dr. Snaut:Incidentally, consider yourself lucky. After all she's part of your past. What if it had been something you had never seen before, but something you had thought or imagined.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in 'Solaris': Behind the Planet (2003) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II: Prelude and Fugue in F minor - BWV 881See more »

FAQ

Who composed the main theme of this film, and what is the name of the piece?
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Why is Snaut bandaging his hand?
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242 out of 332 people found the following review useful.
There's something about this movie, I just can't put my finger on it..., 26 May 2005
Author: Movie-Man-Bob from Los Angeles, CA

The thing that generally stands out most about this movie is that it is long. Very long. And Russian. Very Russian.

It raises a lot of interesting questions about the nature of humanity, conscience, love, etc. which, honestly, I'd never thought to ask before, and don't care enough to answer now that they HAVE been asked. (Will Shame really save humanity? Who knows? Maybe. How will it do that? Haven't a clue. Now what's for lunch?) That's not to say I didn't like the movie. I did. It's very beautifully shot, such that I think it would be worth purchasing, even if I never sit through the whole thing again, just so that I can have scenes like "City of the Future" on hand as a reference for my own film-making endeavors.

Speaking of which: "City of the Future" is a very long scene consisting entirely of one character driving through the streets of Japan. It's supposed to look like, well, a city of the future, but to modern American audiences, it won't very much. It just looks like a guy driving his car through a series of tunnels, and past a series of skyscrapers, as day turns gradually into night. It goes on for five minutes.

But here's the thing, the paradox of this film: It didn't bother me that there is a five minute sequence consisting of nothing but shots of traffic. In fact, I loved it. It's an amazing scene, really quite beautiful in its own way. And a lot of the film is like that. It's slow and confusing, but still, it's never boring. Even once Kelvin gets aboard the Space Station, wherein 90% of the decor looks exactly the same. It's still fascinating to look at.

And the weird thing is, I can't figure out why. I mean, when I tried to watch 2001, another very long, beautifully shot movie set largely in space... I was bored literally to tears in the first 10 minutes, and had to shut it off. (No offense to fans of the film; I realize how incredibly crass I am for failing to recognize the genius of 2001. It's something I will just have to come to terms with on my own.) But for some reason, while watching Solaris, even when absolutely nothing was happening, I could not tear my eyes away. I have the strangest feeling that, if I were indeed to watch the movie again--without the subtitles--it could become one of my all-time favorites.

I don't know if I can recommend this film to others or not, because I have no idea if anyone else will share my sentiments. I don't know who will understand it and who won't, or who will even think it's worth trying to understand. There are, of course, some people who absolutely love it, and probably even some who understand it (or think they do), because... well, it's a classic, and a movie doesn't become a classic if nobody likes or understands it. But there are probably just as many people who hate it, because... well, it's a three-hour Russian movie.

At any rate, though, I think it's at least worth a look. If you find it boring, slow, incomprehensible, whatever... just turn it off. No big deal. But, on the other hand, if you find yourself inexplicably compelled to keep watching, unwilling or unable to tear yourself away for a single frame... well, then, you're welcome.

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