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(1972, Andrei Tarkovsky) Within the debris-strewn corridors of a decrepit space station, Donatas Banionis struggles with the enigma of a sentient planet, accompanied by an embodiment of his own past. Approx. 167 min. 35mm.
“Delivers you from the mundane to the sublime. An extended, cinematic poem [that] transforms Lem’s 1961 novel into a Tolstoy-influenced, religious treatise on the human race… Though one of the director’s most plot-coherent and accessible films, its plot is still a mere conduit for mood, atmosphere and philosophy. His pictures, and his sounds – such as the symphonic drip of raindrops in a wooded pond – tell more than just the immediate story; they rejuvenate the mind.”
– Desson Howe, Washington Post
“Futuristic technology plays such a minimal role in Tarkovsky’s cosmology that state-of-the-art hardware and fancy special effects are virtually irrelevant to his vision… A handsome wide-screen spectacle set in a remote galaxy, the movie expresses plenty of awe and terror about imponderables, but what’s fundamentally at issue here is the state of man’s soul, not the physical state of the universe… Tarkovsky’s eerie mystic parable is given substance by the filmmaker’s boldly original grasp of film language and the remarkable performances by all the principals.”
– Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader