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I will never forget the first time I saw Andrei Rublev. A friend had told me about a Tarkovsky retrospective at the Film Forum, which at the time was just off Varick Street in lower Manhattan. I had never heard of Tarkovsky, and when I arrived at the theater, I was surprised to find hundreds of Soho types lined up around the block, all dressed in black, smoking Egyptian cigarettes and looking like extras from a Fellini film. It was then that my friend informed me, "The movie is in black and white, is three-and-a-half hours long, and in Russian with subtitles." I entered the theater expecting the worst.
but that review is NOT where where that huge huge time-scale panorama novel by Lem was mentioned - whose plot summary I'd like to look up (and maybe even read) if I can find that source so I can find the TITLE/name of that Lem novel..or it might be a novel by someone OTHER than Lem that they were comparing to Solaris ..
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