Dude…the fact that this is the only thing I’ve been able to find on the internet that actively compares 2001 to Solaris depresses me. As a huge admirer of both Kubrick and Tarkovsky, this essay comparing two of their magnum opi (opuses?) has helped me shed some new light on the subject. I was thinking about writing my IB Film EE on this subject exactly and reading what you said really helps. Although I (regrettably) haven’t seen Solaris (yet), it’s definitely on my watch list and I’ll probably get it with the next Criterion flash sale. 2001, on the other hand, is one of my absolute favorite movies of all time.