976 Spring 2019 Soviet Sci Fi
Monday, 11:50–1:15, Apr. 15
Instructor: Patricia Means
This event will be a review of Andrei Tarkovsky’s contributions to cinema, as well as a special focus on his iconic interpretation of the novel Solaris. Solaris, created by Stanislaw Lem during the censorship in Soviet-dominated Poland, turned to the fantasies of science fiction to offer radical critiques of modern life. Lem’s novels inspired both Tarkovsky’s film Solaris and a modern version by Steven Soderbergh and Czech director Jindrich Polák, Ikarie XB-1, which Stanley Kubrick watched while planning 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Patty Zubeck Means is an instructor with the National Archives and an associate professor of English and literature at Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC). She’s taught at NVCC, University of Maryland, and The George Washington University. She has also worked as a film director and film editor.