Andrei Tarkovsky's hypnotic sci-fi masterpiece, a visually astonishing journey The final Soviet feature by ANDREI TARKOVSKY (Solaris) is a metaphysical journey through an enigmatic post-apocalyptic landscape, and a rarefied cinematic experience like no other. A hired guidethe Stalkerleads a writer and a scientist into the heart of the Zone, the restricted site of a long-ago disaster, where the three men eventually zero in on the Room, a place rumoured to fulfil one's most deeply held desires. Adapting a science-fiction novel by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky, Tarkovsky created an immersive world with a wealth of material detail and a sense of organic atmosphere. A religious allegory, a reflection of contemporaneous political anxieties, a meditation on film itself Stalker envelops the viewer by opening up a multitude of possible meanings. Special Features: New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack New interview with Geoff Dyer, author of Zona: A Book About a Film About a Journey to a Room Interview from 2002 with cinematographer Alexander Knyazhinsky Interview from 2002 with set designer Rashit Safiullin Interview from 2002 with composer Eduard Artemyev New English subtitle translation PLUS: An essay by critic Mark Le Fanu Click Images to Enlarge
Andrey Tarkovsky entered school in Moscow in 1945 and nine years later enrolled at the State Institute of Cinematography. He displayed a remarkable talent with his first feature Ivan's Childhood in 1962 and he continued to astound for over twenty years. He announced his self-imposed exile from the USSR in 1984 just two years before his death. His memory has since been venerated in his home country and his reputation and stature continue to grow throughout the world. The 'Stal
Deep within the Zone, a bleak and devastated forbidden landscape, lies a mysterious room with the power to grant the deepest wishes of those strong enough to make the hazardous journey there. Desperate to reach it, a scientist and a writer approaches the Stalker, one of the few able to navigate the Zone’s menacing terrain and they begin a dangerous trek into the unknown. Tarkovsky’s second foray into science fiction after ‘Solaris’ is a surreal and disturbing vision of the future. Hauntingly exploring man’s dreams and desires, and the consequences of realising them, ‘Stalker’, adapted from Arkady & Boris Sturgatsky’s novel ‘Roadside Picnic’, has been described as one of the greatest science fiction films of all time.
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