First Impressions

November 4, 2009

At first glance, the clip is overwhelming in terms of narrative, partly due to the fact that it is sequentially nearing the end of the film, and having never seen the film, it appears problematic to comprehend, as previous elements of the narrative play a considerable role with to the characters in the clip. However, it could also be interpreted that this could add to the segment, many different lines of inquiry open up when looking at it from an organic point of view. In the beginning, what can be highlighted is the incorporation of codes and conventions of the science fiction genre and contrastingly, the slow pace in which the camera unfolds its protagonists, again surfaces further questions on the directorial decisions Tarkovksy had made in relation to adapting the sci-fi narrative to merge with his own specific cinematic characteristics.

Furthermore, Solaris itself is an adaptation on the novel of the same name by Stanislaw Lem a polish author whose work is the base of this cinematic interpretation. This fact is vital in delivering answers to the meaning of not only the clip, but in the way the film has been constructed and whether or not it adheres to the original source. In addition, this would shed light on whether or not the clip has any denotation in the book or simply its relevance is only grounded within the realm of the cinematic version of Solaris.

In order to fully understand the relevance of the clip in relation to the film, it appears imperative to firstly set a guideline of questions that will highlight significant areas of the clip. Then, through watching the entirety of the film, discuss and analytically distinguish if my previous inquiring was accurate or not.

The initial questions that I had first come to ask were:

  1. Has the novel been adapted accurately, and if so is the clip present in the original source, thus what is its connotative relevance?
  2. Why is the clip relevant to the film as a whole, does it bring something more?
  3. Does the film contain any underlying philosophical or social undertones and messages?
  4. Is the mise-en-scene and camerawork utilised a specific way throughout the clip? Is this formula applied when looking at the conventions of other Tarkvosky works?
  5. Which codes and conventions of the science fiction genre are present in the clip, if not the entire film?
  6. What is the metaphorical relevance of the blinding light near the end of the clip? Is it an aesthetic or a narrative based reason?
  7. What parts of Tarkovsky are present in the film, as an auteur?

After looking upon these questions after viewing the film, I aim to deduce if they can help me pursue a solid foundation in which to research and find further answers and questions throughout my analytical process.

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