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Bould, Mark


Mark Bould
Professor of Film and Literature


Despite being one of Andrei Tarkovsky's most successful films, Solaris (1972) was the one he most disliked. This dismissal of his most generically marked film has often been accepted by those quick to embrace the image of Tarkovsky as a transcendent artist rising above the politics of the Soviet film industry and the trappings of genre to produce personal works of art.

Going against such currents, Mark Bould instead treats Solaris as the product of a genre as well as the work of a skilled film-maker. He teases out Tarkovsky's fascination with Stanisław Lem, on whose novel the film was based, and also considers Steven Soderbergh's 2002 adaptation.

Lively and revealing, Bould's examination situates Solaris within the Russian and global cultures of the fantastic, to which Tarkovsky contributed three major science fiction films.


Bould, M. (2014). Solaris. London: BFI Palgrave

Book Type Authored Book
Acceptance Date Feb 7, 2014
Online Publication Date Oct 7, 2017
Publication Date Oct 31, 2014
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Series Title BFI Film Classics
ISBN 9781844578054
Keywords Solaris, Tarkovsky, science fiction, sf
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