Sunday, September 22, 2019

Stalker (1979) dir. Andrei Tarkovsky

I started crying in the middle of the movie when the camera goes through the car window. That is as descriptive as I can get without spoiling too much although this entire blog is going to have spoilers. I had never seen Stalker but had seen his other films and watching all 3 hours of this on a Sunday felt like the good ol' film school days when I would watch films at the film library and had my own special couch where i'd take my shoes off, bring in my lunch tray, and watch all the rarities the school had to offer. Stalker is about a man or "Stalker" who takes two visitors into an area known as The Zone which is government protected and said to have magical powers. I had no idea how sci-fi this movie was. It is long and slow. I enjoyed the adventure of the Russian scenery and also was surprised by the power plant scene. How did they shoot next to a power plant? and then remembered that was the location that eventually gave Tarkovsky and the crew cancer which killed them. Then I went in a deep daydream about film shoots killing you. I LOVED the sand room. And final scene.

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