Thursday 9th November 12:30pm
FREE booking required
Released in 1972, Solaris is Andrei Tarkovsky’s third feature and his most far-reaching examination of human perceptions and failings. It’s often compared to Kubrick’s 2001, but although both bring a metaphysical dimension to bear on space exploration, Solaris has a claustrophobic intensity which grips the attention over spans of typically Tarkovskian stasis. Donatas Banionis is sympathetic as the cosmonaut sent to investigate disappearances on the space station orbiting the planet Solaris, only to be confronted by his past in the guise of his dead wife, magnetically portrayed by Natalya Bondarchuk. The ending is either a revelation or a conceit, depending on your viewpoint.
Director: Andrei Tarkovsky
Running Time: 166 mins
On Thursday 9th November, Edge Hill University will host several events to mark the centenary of the Bolshevik Revolution, a conflict that shook the world on 6th and 7th November 1917 (or October 24th / 25th on the Julian calendar). The world’s first Marxist uprising, which in many ways grew out of the horrific consequences of the First World War, caused political reverberations the world over, many of which we are still living with to this day.
Our events will have the twin focus of Film and Music. We will be delighted to have Edouard Artemiev in our company during these dates. Artemiev is a Russian electronic music pioneer, who celebrates his 80th birthday in November and who was the composer on many of Andrei Tarkovsky’s most memorable films. We will also have the Russian composer Yuri Kasparov – Professor of Composition at the Moscow Conservatoire and who was awarded ‘Honored Art Worker of Russia’ by order of the Russian President in 2007 and ‘Chevalier dans L’order des Arts et des Lettres’ by the Minister of Culture of France in 2008. Kasparov’s extensive compositional output, from chamber through to symphonic works, also includes many film scores.
There will a symposium to examine the many fascinating facets of film and music in post-Revolutionary Russia – Music and Film at a time of Revolution – and members of the public will be warmly welcomed to its proceedings.
Book for the Russian Revolution Centenary Concert and other related events on this link Music and Film at a time of Revolution