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Question for Vadim Yusov... lenses used on Solaris


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#1 Kip Kubin

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Posted 23 November 2008 - 06:32 PM

I finally have a music video that lends itself to the look of Tarkovsky's Solaris and in turn Vadim Yusov's Solaris. One of my favorite movies of all time.

I've come up empty on all searches for this topic so if Vadim is reading this or if anybody can help out...

What lenses were used on this film?

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#2 James Steven Beverly

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Posted 24 November 2008 - 05:47 AM

It was filmed in 70mm with Sovscope 70 Soviet square-front anamorphic lenses 2:35 aspect ratio which were copies of Todd-AO and I believe were made by Lomo.
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#3 Max Jacoby

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Posted 24 November 2008 - 06:51 AM

As far as I know the film was shot in 35mm anamorphic.
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#4 Satsuki Murashige

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Posted 24 November 2008 - 03:36 PM

According to the book "Making Pictures: A Century of European Cinematography", the format was 35mm Sovscope (anamorphic). You can certainly see some anamorphic lens artifacts like elongated bokeh in the film. The article in the book also takes about the use of b&w and color film stocks in the film:

The usual shortage of color stock in the Soviet Union for minority-interest productions led to Eastmancolor being used only for the studio scenes in the space station, while Russian color negative (Sovcolor) was used for location footage, with interruptions of black and white in both. Tinting and the lower color saturation of the Russian negative help to integrate the look of the sections shot on different stocks.
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#5 Leo Anthony Vale

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Posted 24 November 2008 - 06:11 PM

Since it was shot in the early 70s, it would have used the square front LOMO anamorphics.
Not that the Soviets didn't also use foreign anamorphics.

There was an AC issue from the early 70s dealing with russia. it concained some on set photos of 'Solaris'. The camera there were a Mir and a Rodina. I'm fairly certain the Rodina had a Foton-A zoom on it, which is a 37-140mm square front anamorphic.
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#6 Kip Kubin

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Posted 24 November 2008 - 06:53 PM

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#7 James Steven Beverly

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Posted 25 November 2008 - 03:25 AM

Well, then I was half right, that still would be Lomo lenses. :D
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