I’m in the middle of Solaris. (This is a bit of an embarrassing admission. Once it’s nighttime, and the kids are all tucked away, even my love of Tarkovsky can’t keep me from getting dozy at his films’ pace. So I’m not watching it as I know it should be… in one long sigh). But anyway, especially since seeing Ralph Lemon’s performance, I’ve wanted to see it. The circular windows that overlook the ocean of Solaris are also sticking with me in the same theme of last post. At night, they are yawning black holes, and the protagonist leans into them as the camera zooms in slowly… and we are all floating in the dark together.
Andy Goldsworthy talks about his black hole pieces in Rivers and Tides (he has just explained that he began making these pieces when his brother’s wife passed away):