by Kim Cascone
CITY OF THE FUTURE
I rented Tarkovsky's 'Solaris' again last month after seeing the Soderbergh
remake in LA last November and thought it would make for a good
I've always had a favorite part of 'Solaris': 'the city of the future' - as
it is titled on the DVD release...the entire scene is recorded from the
point of view of the astronaut as he drives to the city on the highway...the
sound design for this particular scene has always haunted me...along with
the sound for Eraserhead it is some of the best sound art in a film I can
think of (other than Stalker that is)...
I thought the title was fitting due to the current world situation...it is
not an overt political theme for the project but it implies hope for a city
in the future...so while this could mean 'Baghdad' it could also mean the
city you live in/near or a city you like to visit...a city could also
represent any large collection of various types and races of people...
in any event, this is meant to be a productive, constructive, creative theme
expressing hope for the future...