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Where Everyone Has Gone Before #13: ‘Solaris’ (1972)

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I consider myself a pretty serious movie fan, but the simple fact of the matter is that I miss stuff. Famous and interesting stuff. But not for long!

Welcome to Where Everyone Has Gone Before, the column where I continue my film education before your very eyes. I will seek out and watch all of the movies I know I should have seen by now. I will first "review" the movie before I've watched it, based entirely on its reputation. Then I will give the movie a fair chance and actually watch it. You will laugh at me, you may condemn me, but you will never say I didn't try.

The Film: 'Solaris' (1972), Dir. Andrei Tarkovsky

Starring: Natalya Bondachuk, Donatas Baniounis, Juri Jarvet and other Russian people with names I don't have the ability to pronounce.

Why I Haven't Seen It Until Now: Because its reputation as an infamously difficult film precedes it. I'm thoroughly intimidated at the prospect of sitting down to watch it. And because it sounds really, really boring.

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