"Solaris" Movie Review Essay & Film Analysis

ESSAY TOPICS:   film analysis movie review Solaris
The epic of the creation of "Solaris" turned into a battle of two artists - Titans: Polish science fiction writer, thinker and philosopher Stanislaw Lem and Soviet film director Andrei Tarkovsky. In 1961, in his novel, Lem formulated the same thesis, which after 7 years will result in the joint efforts of the writer Arthur C. Clarke and director Stanley Kubrick: humanity as a whole has not yet reached the level to qualify for the discovery of new cosmic distances. All attempts at understanding another mind will be doomed to failure as long as the person can not fully know himself. Later on, when this idea was blocked out of the Tarkovsky film adaptation, Lem terribly angry and called the film a more melodramatic variation on the theme of "Crime and Punishment." The right of this adaptation to life, he acknowledged only in 2002, after seeing the lifeless "remake" by Steven Soderbergh, as the creator of the original picture has not been in the world long 16 years.
psychologist Chris Kelvin arrives from Earth to the space station, whose inhabitants are engaged the study of unknown form of intelligent life - thinking ocean planet Solaris. For every attempt on the part of scientists to know the ocean, the Overmind attempted counter responds and releases against researchers all their sins, fears, sublimation and secret nightmares, embodied in flesh. And soon, to the Kelvin she is his wife, who died many years ago by his brutal oversight. Emerging, she repeatedly pulls out from it, studiously forgotten their guilt, forcing him to relive the horror of old sin. And get rid of the torture of conscience can not be, it can only stop the ocean itself
surprised many familiar choice Tarkovsky shoot sci-fi film -. And this is after a complex historical "Andrei Rublev". In fact, it was only a form of compromise: the director inexorably drawn to Christian themes, but it is, for obvious reasons, did not find understanding in the State cinema management. All of his projects, one way or another connected with it, have been hacked - and the film adaptation of "Demons" and "The Life of Avvakum". And then the director went to the trick: he took a scientific, purely atheistic novel and .... read it in their own way, looking between the lines of their own favorite topics and conflicts, making the drama of the scientist in the tragedy of human repentance. In addition, they move more creative ambitions: looking 3 years earlier, "A Space Odyssey," Kubrick, he was unhappy with his excessive congestion special effects. And one of the artist's task: to prove that the philosophy of the cinematographic cosmos can be removed without technical excesses, without sacrificing, and the artistic expression
Visuals "Solaris" is worthy of teaching at film schools.. Virtuoso camerawork Vadim Yusova impossible to describe in words: lively, sparkling pictures of nature, cold space station, alien ocean - all filmed so great, that in addition to colors conveys even temperature changes happening on the screen. The image of the ocean replaced filmed by multiple increase of a chemical reaction, but thanks to the cameramen, editors and ambient music Artemyev, which is accompanied by the invisible presence of mind, doubts about the reality of the image does not appear for a moment. This way, Tarkovsky was able to prove it: with the help of artistic atmosphere, we can achieve much more than the participation of even the most expensive and modern effects
In fact, Tarkovsky, equally unwise to compare like with Kubrick's film masterpieces, as well. Lem's novel. This is a completely different works on a different topic: Kubrick, in his typical style judge humanity with the intransigence of the Lord God, and Tarkovsky - through suffering, anguish finds him in a remote corner of the cosmos, far from their own home. In Lem we see the search for truth, scientific hypotheses, and Tarkovsky entire film is permeated with the theme of redemption: only plenty of surviving again and again the moment of his own sin, the hero in the end, may acquire the right to repentance. In order to emphasize the drama of the situation, the director makes the journey Kelvin on Solaris, actually in a single ticket. By agreeing to the flight (in the novel, is very ordinary), he always says goodbye to his father, who because of the duration of the flight, it is no longer destined to see. And this motive is self-imposed exile from the only loved one, it adds to his repentance of new biblical motifs. After all, not a gift, the film ends revived reproduction of a famous painting of Rembrandt's "The Return of the Prodigal Son" to the sound, not least the famous chorale prelude by Bach «Ich ruf \\\ 'zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ» ( «I call to you, Lord Jesus Christ "). I believe that any comments are superfluous.
most violent fights broke out at the author and director of the right to life of the introductory sequence in the film showing the life of Calvin on Earth. Lem cold mind eternal agnostic and realized expressive metaphors, which Tarkovsky tried to explain to the foreign nature of Solaris. All of this: and the murmur of the brook, and the noise of the developing leaves and the chirping of birds was vital in order to compare with the picture, which is in the final of the Ocean will build for Kelvin. It is believed the correct information on the theoretical level, he can not breathe life into it: no water gurgling in its built reality, the birds do not sing, and the trees ugly stick, like a plaster, lifeless. Therein lies the fundamental difference between the book of the film: in Lem's novel took more than 200 pages, many thousands of words and a few scientific theories to explain the abyss of misunderstanding that spread among people from the station and alien intelligence. Gorgeous visualizer Tarkovsky for the same purpose it took to build, as in a distorting mirror of 2 episode identical.
As a result, unlike the author of the novel, Tarkovsky did not need any theory or scientific knowledge itself. For the director, the main thing - not the result of which is as elusive as in Lem, but rather the right direction, moving in which Calvin himself ocean merge into a salutary repentance. For a long time spent in the station, looking at the empty eyes of Solaris, Calvin realizes that the only thing that unites him with the Overmind powerful - is that any intelligent creature in the universe always suffers eternal loneliness true creator. Rejecting all attempts at understanding, he simply sinks into the saving waves of the ocean, ending all internal resistance and just given him a powerful and inscrutable will. He bowed his knees, his face buried in his infinite mercy - as the Son of the Father: The Man and His inscrutable creator

10 of 10 10 of 10.

How to cite this essay: