This time on the podcast, Trevor Berrett and Scott Nye discuss Andrei Tarkovsky’s Stalker.
Andrei Tarkovsky’s final Soviet feature is a metaphysical journey through an enigmatic postapocalyptic landscape, and a rarefied cinematic experience like no other. A hired guide—the Stalker—leads a writer and a professor into the heart of the Zone, the restricted site of a long-ago disaster, where the three men eventually zero in on the Room, a place rumored to fulfill one’s most deeply held desires. Adapting a science-fiction novel by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky, Tarkovsky created an immersive world with a wealth of material detail and a sense of organic atmosphere. A religious allegory, a reflection of contemporaneous political anxieties, a meditation on film itself—Stalkerenvelops the viewer by opening up a multitude of possible meanings.
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- Stalker (1979) – The Criterion Collection
- Stalker (1979) – IMDb
- Stalker (1979) – Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia
- Trevor’s review of Stalker – The Mookse and the Gripes
- Janet Maslin’s review of Stalker – The New York Times 1982
- Nick Shager’s review of Stalker – Slant