Solaris (1972)
Solaris (1972)
Solaris (1972)
Solaris (1972)
Solaris (1972)
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Solaris (1972)

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This is an original, vintage Soviet movie poster for "Solaris"(Солярис) a legendary Soviet science fiction film.  The poster was printed in 1972 to promote the film's original release. The film was directed by Andrei Tarkovsky, and stars Donatas Banionis and Natalya Bondarchuk, the film is based on the novel by Stanislav Lem. It is cited as one of the greatest science fiction films in the history of cinema, and is one of the best known films of Andrei Tarkovsky.


The film sold 10.5 million tickets in it's release in the Soviet Union, and unlike the vast majority of commercial and ideological films in the 1970s, Solaris was screened in the USSR in limited runs for 15 years without any breaks, giving it cult status. Solaris won the Grand Prix Spécial du Jury and the FIPRESCI prize at the 1972 Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for the Palme d'Or. It is often cited as one of the greatest science fiction films in the history of cinema.

Poster & Artist:

This poster was designed by Grigory Sakharov (Григории Сахаров) and Vladimir Bondarev (Владимир Бондарев). This is one of several dinstinctly different posters designed for the film, which is very characteristic of Soviet films, some of which have as many as 6-7 completely different poster designs. The poster features the film's protagonist, Kris Kelvin, in the foreground and his deceased wife, Hari, in the background.


Size & Condition:

This poster is in excellent condition, it was never folded has no paper loss or discoloration and has been professionally linen-backed to help maintain it's condition for many years to come. It is ready to frame and will display beautifully. The poster measures 16 x 21 3/4 inches or 41 x 55 centimeters.

Film: 

There's so much to say about Solaris and we're not going to do a deep-dive in to the film's themes. We'll just say that this was a film that was ahead of it's time and is a significant departure from typical Soviet and Hollywood films of it's time.

If you'd like to learn more about the film, please take a look at this excellent video essay exploring key themes like past vs. present and what makes us who we are:


Snapshot:
  • Artists: Grigory Sakharov (Григории Сахаров) and Vladimir Bondarev (Владимир Бондарев)
  • Print Date: 1972
  • Print Run: 20,000
  • Size: 16 x 21 3/4 (in) or 41 x 55 (cm)
  • Condition: Excellent, backed on linen
  • Issued By: Reklamfilm (Moscow)