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Drama | Sci-Fi
Frame Rate:
23.976 fps
Russian 2.0  
Run Time:
162 min
IMDB Rating:
8.2 / 10 
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Directors: Andrei Tarkovsky [Director] ,

Movie Description:
In a small, unnamed country there is an area called the Zone. It is apparently inhabited by aliens and contains the Room, where in it is believed wishes are granted. The government has declared The Zone a no-go area and have sealed off the area with barbed wire and border guards. However, this has not stopped people from attempting to enter the Zone. We follow one such party, made up of a writer, who wants to use the experience as inspiration for his writing, and a professor, who wants to research the Zone for scientific purposes. Their guide is a man to whom the Zone is everything, the Stalker.


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True filmmaking art.

Apparently Tarkovsky had to reshoot a large portion of this film after the original stock was damaged. What was actually released is such a striking piece of work, it's hard to imagine what the original version might have been.

There is a plot: in a post-apocalyptic world, the "Stalker" is a man who guides people through a restricted Zone where the usual laws of physics and reason don't apply, and in which a room is said to exist that causes a man's deepest desires to come true. There is character development and gripping performances, particularly by Aleksandr Kaydanovskiy (Stalker) who really does seem to carry the weight of the world on the shoulders...

... but for a moment, forget all that. Instead, try watching Stalker as you'd watch, for example, a David Lynch film: think instead about the images presented on their own terms rather than trying to attach a conventional meaning to them, or put them into context.

Don't worry about what it means - just enjoy the experience.

Random banter on a masterpiece

This is a masterpiece. You can tell from the fact that it would be just as good without sound, or sound without image, or even just a set of freeze frames played out.

That being said, what you actually get in this film is intense and vast imagery, from the minute to the universal, horrible dankness to expanding nature, inside and outside of rooms; and what is also rare, is that NOTHING is wasted in the script, no fillers, and no retreat from exactly what is going on.

The things that turn people off about it are all of its virtues, it's long, it takes its time, its script is poetry, and it doesn't shy away from talking about life.

It is also complex, but does not 'try' to be complex. It's actors, all of whom are cast perfectly, especially the almost alien demeanour of Alexander Kaidonovsky (as the paid for hire 'Stalker'), are not really there to entertain you, you are there in Communist Russia walking through cold wet puddles, with little in the way of supplies, going somewhere strange, without knowing what's going to happen.

If the world of film was filled with the opposite of this, which it is, one would have to search through the dross to find anything as worth while as this.

My number 1

We all have a number 1 film, a favourite which we HAVE rather than want to watch over and over again.

Stalker is that number 1 for me.

The evergreen, like that very tshirt you resent being in the washer.

Every time I watch it I get new details, explore new shades and colours, as it happens with any multi layered work of art.

That said, I am not going to waste words offering my personal interpretation of this masterpiece, there are a lot around already, some good too.

I can understand, let me add, why some people didn't quite get the point of this incredible journey inside and across the humans spirit.

I'd say 2 are the main reasons why people might not like this movie: 1) they read the book and could barely find tiny similarities in the story, although the Strugatskiy brothers had a big part in putting together the script (incredibly, they insisted in spite of the countless differences from their book that Tarkovsky's story was ways deeper and important than their own); 2) more likely, people were simply expecting an action packed sci-fi flick and had to go through a slow paced introspective expedition, and most people don't like to do that, especially when it's least expected. They find it inconvenient and disturbing. They rather choose movies offering a vacation from their lives, so they don't have to think of anything while nibbling at popcorn.

Sometimes I got sort of punked too in the past, I was all charged and ready for an action flick with my popcorn, drink, laser sabre and ended up getting involved into a slow spiritual-psychological story instead. It may feel kind of like a meeting hook, I know.

The difference resides in the fact that I fully enjoyed it.
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