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Stalker
     

Stalker

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Director: Andrei Tarkovsky

Cast: Alexander Kaidanovsky, Anatoli Solonitsin, Nikolai Grinko

 

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Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky's Stalker, an allegorical science fiction film like his earlier Solaris, was adapted from the novel Picnic by the Roadside by brothers Boris Strugatsky and Arkady Strugatsky. The film follows three men -- the Scientist (Nikolai Grinko), the Writer (Anatoliy Solonitsyn), and the Stalker (Alexander

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Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky's Stalker, an allegorical science fiction film like his earlier Solaris, was adapted from the novel Picnic by the Roadside by brothers Boris Strugatsky and Arkady Strugatsky. The film follows three men -- the Scientist (Nikolai Grinko), the Writer (Anatoliy Solonitsyn), and the Stalker (Alexander Kaidanovsky) -- as they travel through a mysterious and forbidden territory in the Russian wilderness called the "Zone." In the Zone, nothing is what it seems. Objects change places, the landscape shifts and rearranges itself. It seems as if an unknown intelligence is actively thwarting any attempt to penetrate its borders. In the Zone, there is said to be a bunker, and in the bunker: a magical room which has the power to make wishes come true. The Stalker is the hired guide for the journey who has, through repeated visits to the Zone, become accustomed to its complex traps, pitfalls, and subtle distortions. Only by following his lead (which often involves taking the longest, most frustrating route) can the Writer and the Scientist make it alive to the bunker and the room. As the men travel farther into the Zone, they realize it may take something more than just determination to succeed: it may actually take faith. Increasingly unsure of their deepest desires, they confront the room wondering if they can, in the end, take responsibility for the fulfillment of their own wishes.

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All Movie Guide - Anthony Reed
Structured like a winding religious pilgrimage, Stalker moves cautiously and slowly through its paces as the three men move closer toward the metaphorical Holy Center at the heart of the Zone. Telephone poles jutting out of the ground like crosses, religious icons beneath muddy rivers strewn with bullet shells, a miraculous, artificial desert in an underground room -- Tarkovsky's powerful, orthodox images and grimy, industrial settings present a deeply felt religious sentiment stirring beneath a war-ravaged, hostile landscape. Stalker is all the more compelling for not relying on a single gimmick or special effect to create its atmosphere of another world bordering our own.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/07/2006
UPC:
0738329048822
Original Release:
1979
Rating:
NR
Source:
Kino Video
Presentation:
[B&W, Colorized]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
2:43:00
Sales rank:
5,701

Special Features

Video interviews: composer Eduard Artemyev, cameraman Aleksandr Knyazhinsky, set decorator Rashit Safiullin; Excerpt from "The Steamroller and the Violing" (1960 5 min.): Andrei Tarkovsky's diploma film at the Soviet film school VGIK; "Memory" (1997, 5 min., directed by Serghei Minenok): a short film about Tarkovsky's home; Cast & crew biographies/; filmographies; Photo album; Languages: spoken: original Russian, English dubbed, French dubbed; Optional subtitles: English, French and Spanish

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Stalker: A Film by Andrei Tarkovsky, Disc One
1. Credits [4:27]
2. Stalker's Home [8:33]
3. Writer and Professor [8:16]
4. On the Way to the Zone [16:15]
5. Getting to Know the Zone [9:42]
6. Starting Out on the Path [15:23]
1. Professor's Disappearance [8:02]
2. Argument [1:57]
3. Stalker's Dream [7:25]
4. Meat Mincer [4:24]
5. On the Threshold [22:13]
6. Solving the Mystery [15:48]
7. Bomb [15:38]
8. Homecoming [16:36]

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Stalker 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my all time favorite of Tarkovsky movies. The whole movie is just brilliant, from artful color manipulations, haunting images, to the astonishing the storyline. At the first glance the movie looks like a religious pilgrim, however deeper analysis reveals more in depth understanding of the movie. For example, notice how at the beginning the writer is talking about non-existence of UFO's, Bermuda triangle disappearances and etc. and how we do not see a single special effect in the zone. Strongly recommended to anyone interested in true art and an intelligent movie.
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