“We Don’t Need Other Worlds. We Need A Mirror.”

Here’s an excellent – and somewhat poetic – video essay by Kogonada exploring the themes of one of my favorite films, Andrei Tarkovsky’s Solaris:


Solaris was adapted from the novel of the same name by Stanisław Lem, but ignores most of Lem’s astrobiological theories to focus on the relationships between characters—deliberately, as Kogonaga clearly outlines. Kogonaga smartly points out that Tarkovsky’s film, unlike Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, is about humanity, not technology.

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