Stalker

Stalker

A journey to the heart of darkness of The Writer and The Professor across the Zone, a dead but hallucinatory landscape deep inside a police state. It's a seemingly nihilistic journey to something magical. Bruce Hodsdon

Loosely based on the novel The Roadside Picnic by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky, (the two brothers also wrote the screenplay), the meaning of the beautifully cryptic Stalker will always be open to debate. Certainly, it is science fiction, but there is a brooding elegiac tone that sets it apart from other sci-fi films. Tarkovsky was obsessed with Japanese culture, and Kurosawa fans will find echoes of the great masters imagery in the work. A contemporary relevance in the wake of Fukushima is hard to ignore. 

 

 

Stalker

  • Director: Andrei Tarkovsky
  • Year: 1979
  • Run Time: 163min
  • Format: 16mm
  • Country: Soviet Union
  • Rating: PG