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The budget wouldn't cover the cost of a high colonic for George Clooney's press agent's vegan Chef's Astrologer's Personal Trainer's Weimaraner. The subtitles are an interminable wade. The film stock looks like it was pulled through an egg salad sandwich. So what the hell could be the attraction for a thirty year old Russian extrapolation of themes from 2001: A Space Odyssey? Tarkovsky couldn't hold Kubrick's jock' right...? Well, climb aboard bucko...


At nearly three hours long, it would be quicker to hop on the Shuttle, zip over to Uranus, and troll for yer own hot, dress dropping, sentient little space shiksa. And in 1972, I'm sure more than one attention span challenged Boris six-pack ran screaming out of the theater and into the white Russian winter to chug Stolie, pinch Babushkas, and plot the overthrow of American capitalism.


As envisioned by author Stanislaw Lem there's this giant watery intelligence on permanent wash/rinse/spin cycle on the planet Solaris. And with all this soggy subterfuge comes the conceit of 'the guest' - a memory made flesh, a cypher, a ghost with gams, an extraterrestrial ex. And she has her own laundry list of 'issues' including; identity angst, pre-destiny, and convulsive resurrective disorder (not to mention a closetful of dresses without zippers.)


And you thought yer old lady was needy. Well, this one's more than a smidge. There ain't nothing keeping this filly fast from your side - not clothes catalogs, not makeup counters, not Haagen-Dazs, and not the Homes section of the 'Sentinel. And if sum stupid Star Trek hatch is in the way - she'll use it for an Emery board (on the bright side, there seems to be more 'hide the salam' going on than in a Kosher Deli.)


Off the chart portentousness. Scene after scene after scene of philosophy, metaphysics, and existentialism - all seemingly leading to emotional crescendo - only to saunter off into still more intellectual/situational conundrum. It's fascinating, stimulating mind candy guaranteed to bore the living crap out of the bang bang, boobs, and banter crowd.


The serpentine blocking of actors within a sequence, peek-a-boo perspective shifts, and discombobulating visual referencing recall the best of 'Bergman. And indeed director Andrei had wanted to cast Swedish actress - and Ingmar mainstay - Bibi Andersson in the role of Hari.


And in the end, your muse and sagacity may find footfalls on Solaris' luminous, mercurial shore.


And she abides with you and within you.


And she abides...


Women...can't live with 'em, can't blast 'em into space...
 

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Some movies are more interesting than they are entertaining.
 
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