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advantage Lucy Milk's needed when you want to make your bread So said…
BUCK-TICK Aru hi chouchou ni natte Aru hi umi wo yuku Aru hi…
Days of Grace I heard your name on drive-time radio. Things just aren't w…
eksperimentoj come undone it's all over now above the skies, I'll find …
Elliot Minor If I'm closer to the sun, I'm the furthest from someone, I…
Everything Goes Cold This is my intention I will make him watch his oldest…
Failure I've been freezing my time I've been slowing my breath I'v…
Midnight Realm The horizon's fading fast And the skyline seems so faint Eve…
Retro Stefson If i'm closer to the sun, I'm the furthest from someone, I'm…

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Nostalgia As a thirst becomes a sickness And desire is all you…
Reflections Through the mirror of my mind Time after time I see reflec…

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Nirav Lad

Influential work Dibyendu!

Youtube is a knowledge bank of universal scale, and your content and medium of representation is surely trying to push the horizons of the knowledge in the field of cinematic artistry.

But youtube is also a platform where viewers embrace the videos where complex subjects are explained in extremely simplified manner. The Cinefix channel packages their content-heavy compilations in a fairly comprehensible format; which in turn make them more accessible to wider audiences.

To polish the rough edges in our work (or sometimes to validate that the core idea of our work is in the place), we should always look for constant feedbacks. And reaching more viewers increases the chance of getting varied responses from them. Also, engagement with viewers lead to honest opinions without getting awestruck by the brilliance and depth of the work. A consensus of responses then validates one's creative works that should get due recognition if they are extraordinary.

A shortened 5-10minute edit with fairly accessible language which focuses on the core arguments of your essay would be a great help for the viewers like me. It will help us understand the beauty as well as the importance of cinema even if we have not watched Solaris.

Once again, excellent essay! Looking forward to watch more of the same.

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Sky David

You have made the most in depth understanding of cinema as a cultural form of collective and individual expression that one has ever seen. I taught in film at Harvard's Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, 1980-84: Vlada Petric (Russian), its primary tenured Professor at that time would be so impressed. I have saved this to consider over and over, its the best thesis I have seen on Youtube. You bring together so many moments for such a diversity of great cinema culture. I was counting the number of films that form a core of cinema history. I have seen (more than once) the interview with the lead actress (posted by "Charles M") as it is one of the most perceptive understandings of Tarkovsky. It is from the actress who understands both the maker as person and the art by feeling (from the Heart) into the many dimensions of his creations directly without all the intellectual film analysis stuff. I am touched by your honoring of Anjitha at the end, just as I am touched by your honoring of Tarkovsky as a great artist.


@John Lindaur It's my pleasure.

John Lindauer

I studied there from '84-'88. I just missed you! And yes, this is an absolutely beautiful study of the work. It achieves what REAL criticism is intended to achieve: understanding. I love it.

To you, Imdiyu - and to your dear friend, Anjitha - Thank you.


Thank you, sir.

Francis Goodwin

Like your analysis of Stalker, this is a superbly put together piece that helps unravel some of the many layers of Tarkovsky’s work. It pains me to see the way cinema is going these days. Every new movie in theaters seems to be another soulless superhero blockbuster. People have lost the will and ability to concentrate, invest themselves and meditate on a movie, all of which is required to appreciate the art Tarkovsky has produced. By the way, the scene from La Dolce Vita you used to end this analysis is beautiful and fitting.


Thank you very much. Apparently one of my upcoming videos is about a certain Superhero :D


"Conquering new worlds is a lot like creating works of art, which is an attempt to recreate the past. Like building a house for the same old soul on a different planet."

John Poole

Thought provoking but annoyingly erudite. I look at the apparently sentient orb as a flawed prime mover. Solaris has pity for an observing and curious humanity on their orbiting station and seeks to relieve mankind's mental torments and suffering by creating and offering fairly convincing simulacrums to replace the deceased. The terror of non existence cannot be assuaged with simulacrums. Solaris and mankind both fail one another.

Billy Donoso

Solaris stuck with me for a long time after I saw it, and I was never quite sure why. I'm a young man and I haven't always been as into movies as I am now, so I still have to watch all of Tarkovsky's other films for the first time: a truly pleasurable experience. And really, I knew there was so much depth and texture to the movie without being able to say why. Every review I read loved to use the buzzword 'meditative' and yet they never went into exactly what way the movie induces a state of meditation, making me doubt if it actually was 'meditative' or this was merely another example of critics repeating the last thing they heard. I even saw the interview with Natalya Bondarchuk that you include here before watching your video essay, and as brilliant as her elucidation on working with Tarkovsky was, I still didn't know what to make of the film itself. 

Your thesis made me consider cinema in a why I never had before, and I will admit, I could not repeat all of the depth of your video essay succinctly; there is simply too much for me to process in one viewing. But so many of the ideas here are just absolutely eye opening to me: universe in man as opposed to man in the universe; the strict limitation of film to cinematic reality; the way poetic reasoning is the best way to reach into our hearts and truly make us think. I will echo another commenter who praised your form of film criticism as not just explaining so many implicit concepts at play in the film, but bringing a comprehensive understanding of the film itself. The clip at the end was so, so beautiful to me and showed your deeply personal connection to cinema in a way that no other single YouTube video has done for me. 

I watched your video essay last night and had many dreams when I was asleep, like I usually do. There was one dream where I was having dinner with my immediate family as well as some strangers, who seemed to barge into our house uninvited. I was sick of them and the way they treated my family, so I banged the dinner table with my fist and left. A friend tried to hold me back in the doorframe, but I wrestled past him. I walked down a hallway until I reached the living room, where my extended family was all seated on couches and chairs around a TV, watching my younger cousins play a video game. I rushed past them, still furious about the strangers and embarrassed about my explosion of anger, wanting to save face in this moment. I rounded a corner into the kitchen, where there were many figures: some uncles, some cousins, and one man who I didn't recognize: a middle-aged Italian looking man with a leathery face, grey, fuzzy stubble, and a Scally cap over long locks of greying black hair. I looked at him and I realized he was utterly familiar. He didn't recognize me at first, and neither did I him. It dawned on me: this was my Grandfather, who died in 2007 in real life when I was only 7 years old. But he was younger here, so much more energetic looking, smelling like the cologne he always wore and whose face felt as fuzzy as I remember it being. I asked him, 'Is that you, Grandpa?' and he said nothing. He seemed confused if he was or wasn't. I repeated my question, and he looked into my eyes and said, 'I know I wasn’t there for you, Joseph.' Joseph is my brother's name. And it dawned on me, that deep down inside, I have always felt like he was taken from me by illness far too early. I never got to know him and he never got to know me, except for on a surface level. And I still have beautiful memories of going to his house as a kid and eating ravioli and stuffed shells and lasagna, the hallmarks of Italian family cuisine. And practicing multiplication when I still only knew addition. And so on. Seeing him here, in his prime, made me feel like I had been transported to the planet Solaris and been granted a manifestation of my conscience. I collapsed into his lap, much like Kelvin at the end of the movie, and cried, grateful for this single moment. When I woke up, I frightened my actual family when I ran into the bathroom sobbing and sobbing. I hadn't been this rawly sad for two and a half years. Just as soon as I had been granted this visitation, it had been ripped away from me. My mother consoled me and said that 'It was just a dream... it was just a dream.' And it pained me that what I had just experienced in my dream is the same tragedy that we experience when we watch cinema. 'It was just a film... it was just a film.'

I knew I needed to record this experience of mine somewhere. I only figured it was right to put it here, on the video that you put so much of your heart, mind, and soul into, which allowed me to tap into my heart, mind, and soul. Thank you, Dibyendu, for a video essay that is, for a lack of better words, perfect.


A great video essay. Not only learned more about the film but was very emocional. I very rarely comment, just wanted to let you know that your work is amazing. You deserve more views!

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