Well if you haven’t heard of Andrei Tarkovsky, then it’s probably way too late to prove how cool you are to any fellow film buffs. Bergman once said, “Tarkovsky is for me the greatest, the one who invented a new language, true to the nature of film, as it captures life as a reflection, life as a dream.” Really. I spent my whole last semester of college watching only one of his films over and over and over (The Mirror).
Stalker is one of his most acclaimed films. Geoff Dyer wrote a book about it, and additionally came to the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis last year to talk through the film with viewers. It was screened on an extremely rare 35mm print, and it looked amazing.
The film is about a man who illegally leads two men into ‘The Zone’, a government guarded area wherein lies legend of a room that will grant any wish. Stalker, the main character, has been there before. Though his life outside ‘The Zone’ is in shambles, he is the sole guide of the forbidden place. He was taught its rules.
Perhaps one of the most slowly-paced films of all time, Stalker makes it up to viewers with some of the most beautiful images Tarkovsky ever captured. ‘The Zone’ is gorgeous, lush with overgrowth, trickling water and streams, and relics of man. Definitely a must-see for aficionados.