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Comment Perhaps more influential than Lem is Tarkovsky (Score 1) 296

Solaris is distinctively different from most science fiction films with their emphasis on special effects and whiz bang action. Instead, its focus on introspective characters and the use of unconventional techniques to tell its story give it an edge over other art films of the period. Desson Howe of The Washington Post wrote: "the third feature in Tarkovsky's brief, shining career will deliver you from the mundane to the sublime...His pictures, and his sounds....tell more than just the immediate story; they rejuvenate the mind." Other renown critics also praised Solaris like Jonathan Rosenbaum who said, "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.

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