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11,635 Ratings

Stalker

Сталкер

Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky
Soviet Union, West Germany, 1979
Drama, Avant-Garde

Synopsis

A man leads an expedition through a dangerous wilderness in search of “the room,” a place that is reputed to be able to fulfill a person’s deepest desires.

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Stalker Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky
’Don’t hope for flying saucers. That would be too interesting," a jaded writer tells a glamorous woman in one of many strange and beautiful scenes in Andrei Tarkovsky’s “Stalker” (1979). There are no flying saucers in the great Russian director’s haunting tale of a journey into the depths of a postapocalyptic landscape, but it offers visual splendor, as well as mysteries, portents and miracles.
July 21, 2017
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It might seem rather a cliché to insist that film is a visual medium, but surely what is not spoken is just as important, in the total effect of this movie, as the articulation of its earnest ethical strivings. Tarkovsky seems to have found a way of photographing the human head—animated and in repose—as it had never been photographed before. He makes it monumental: sculptural and philosophical.
July 18, 2017
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The film isn’t aimless. Sure, given all that hiking, the mind wanders—and wanders back. At least one devotee of the film, which is about and inspires devotion, condemns this wandering as our modern inability to concentrate. Why not our old ability to transcend?
May 03, 2017
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