Stalker

Soviet Union, 1979

Film
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In a bleak post-industrial future, in an unnamed country, mysterious Zones have appeared which offer the fulfilment of all desire: to navigate the Zone, however, one risks life and sanity. A Professor and a Writer hire a Stalker to guide them through the Zone. The two intellectuals are seeking answers to their anguished search for meaning; the Stalker is seeking a cure for his daughter’s deformities for which he blames himself. By stripping the science- fiction genre of all its trappings of hardware and effects, Tarkovsky has created an ascetic masterwork of hypnotic imagery and meditative mise-en-scene. In “Stalker” we confront the mystery and agony of humankind’s spiritual isolation. Trapped within a decaying, materialistic world only the Stalker’s hoped for redemption through faith can counter the Professor’s and the Writer’s metaphysical pessimism. Made at a time when the director was engaged in a hostile battle of wills with the Soviet state, “Stalker” is an allegory of spiritual struggle, and it is a richly transcendental work of cinema. Based on the book “Roadside Picnic” by Arcady and Boris Strugatsky. NOTE: The prologue is in black and white.

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Credits

production company

Mosfilm

producer/director

Andrei Tarkovsky

Duration

02:35:00:00

Production places
Soviet Union
Production dates
1979

Collection metadata

ACMI Identifier

303599

Language

Russian

Audience classification

PG

Sound/audio

Sound

Colour

Colour

Holdings

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

Wikidata

Q200437

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