Former People Movie Podcast #1: Solaris

A Co-production from Diet Soap and Former People: A Journal of Bangs and Whimpers this film podcast will focus on both contemporary and canonical films in an attempt to explore the development of film aesthetics. Our first episode focuses on Tarkovsky’s Solaris and the intersection of science fiction and religion.

To put the conversation into context at the outset here is a quote from Andrei Tarkovsky:

The artist is always the servant, and is perpetually trying to pay for the gift that has been given to him as if by a miracle. Modern man, however, does not want to make any sacrifice, even though true affirmation of the self can only be expressed in sacrifice. We are gradually forgetting about this, and at the same time, inevitably, losing all sense of human calling.

According to a Tarkovsky documentary I caught at a film festival in Taipei several years back the driving sequence was filmed in Tokyo on the way to Kurosawa’s studio.

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