Film Micrœview #214: Solaris (1972)

07.17.2015 § Leave a comment

Rating: Dr. Pepper.

So much to say about this film… I feel there’s no more “meta” science fiction work than this. Perhaps the deepest inquiry into the bedrock of science. Something about the experience of man creating woman rather than the natural inverse going on here too maybe.

I’d like to think an encounter with an alien intelligence would actually play out like this, too.

The influence is widespread. You can see the zoom-in on the ear at the end in the beginning of Lynch’s Blue Velvet. You can feel tension between the furthest reaches of outer space and deepest depths of inner space that Nolan explores in Interstellar (though Tarkovsky does it in a much more poetic way). You can even see the blue and yellow palette and mesh shirt in the second of Abrams’s Star Trek reboots.

I was amused to see one of the techniques I chuckled at Tarkovsky for using in his thesis film used still here (the cut to a closer crop when a character paces across the camera).


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