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LemographyStanislaw Lem in the Eyes of the World$
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Peter Swirski and Waclaw M. Osadnik

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781781381205

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781781381205.001.0001

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Embodiment Problems

Embodiment Problems

Adapting Solaris to Film

(p.65) 4. Embodiment Problems

Nicholas Ruddick


This chapter discusses Solaris and its three film adaptations by Boris Nirenburg (1968), Andrei Tarkovsky (1972), and Steven Soderbergh (2002). Flawed as they are in different ways, each casts light on Stanislaw Lem’s original as well as on one another, illuminating the fact that a successful adaptation from a single-track medium like a novel to a multi-track medium like a film often requires major changes regardless of authorial intentions.

Keywords:   Stanislaw Lem, Solaris, film adaptations, Boris Nirenburg, Andrei Tarkovsky, Steven Soderbergh

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