Brief sequential explanation of the clip

November 3, 2009

The sequence is presented in its original language, Russian with English subtitles. Three characters are present within the segment, Kris Kelvin (Donatas Banionis), Dr. Snaut (Juri Jarvet) and Hari (Natalya Bondarchuk). We begin with Kris and Dr. Snaut as they walk longingly around the space station, as this is happening the two discuss about the liquid planet ‘Solaris’. Snaut confers “It looks like its showing some activity” which is followed by him revealing to Kris that his “Encephalogram helped”. As the conversation persists, Kris Begins to feel tired and as such, is helped by Snaut as they walk. We then cut to Kris walking through a cylinder shaped tunnel as he is clutched on to by another character, Hari who is the only female seen in the clip. Both Hari and Snaut act as a balance for the exhausted Kris, whilst they move further into the tunnel where constant shining light can be seen as it fills the frame, so much so that the characters appear to blend into the blinding white illumination.

Encephalogram: “Short for ‘Electroencephalogram’ an instrument for recording the level of electrical activity of the brain” (2008 edition, Collins English Dictionary, p189 Edited by Cormac Mckeown, Elspeth Summers, Published by Harper Collins)

Brief Synopsis

“SOLARIS, director Andrei Tarkovsky’s science fiction cult classic, presents an uncompromisingly unique and poetic meditation on space travel and its physical and existential ramifications. When a long-standing Russian space station hovering above the planet Solaris begins to report strange phenomena, Kris Kelvin (Donatas Banionis), an eager and intrepid cosmonaut, departs for the station in order to investigate. Warned by former Solaris specialists that the planet presents incomprehensible obstacles, Kelvin is nevertheless secure in his mission. However, the minute he steps foot onto the haunted and desolate space station, everything changes. Kelvin learns that of the three members left on board, one has killed himself and the remaining two have seemingly become schizophrenic recluses. When Kelvin’s dead ex-wife appears out of the shadows, the reports that Solaris is a thinking being capable of reading human minds and materializing their desires and memories are proven true. As Kelvin joins the rest of the crew in a seemingly life-or-death struggle to understand this phenomena, Tarkovsky crafts a mind-altering earthbound space odyssey.

Filled with visions of humanity versus itself, SOLARIS takes the philosophical investigations of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY to extravagant lengths and offers no answers except this: The only frontier humanity has yet to conquer is that of its own existence.

synopsis of Solaris [Sourced online] from the  Internet site, http://www.screenrush.co.uk/film/fichefilm_gen_cfilm=1414.html [Accessed 11th November]

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