Stalker

Andrei Tarkovsky’s final Soviet feature is a metaphys­ical journey through an enigmatic postapocalyptic landscape, and a rarefied cinematic experience like no other. A hired guide—the Stalker—leads a writer and a professor 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 rumored to fulfill 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.

Film Info

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
  • Interviews from 2000 with set designer Rashit Safiullin and composer Eduard Artemyev
  • Interview from the mid-1990s with cinematographer Alexander Knyazhinsky
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Mark Le Fanu

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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
  • Interviews from 2000 with set designer Rashit Safiullin and composer Eduard Artemyev
  • Interview from the mid-1990s with cinematographer Alexander Knyazhinsky
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Mark Le Fanu
Stalker
Cast
Alisa Freindlikh
The Stalker’s wife
Aleksandr Kaidanovsky
The Stalker
Anatoly Solonitsyn
The Writer
Nikolai Grinko
The Professor
Natasha Abramova
Monkey
Credits
Director
Andrei Tarkovsky
Scenario
Arkady Strugatsky
Scenario
Boris Strugatsky
Cinematography
Alexander Knyazhinsky
Art direction
Andrei Tarkovsky
Music
Eduard Artemyev
Poems by
Fyodor Ivanovich Tyutchev
Poems by
Arseny Tarkovsky
Sound
Vladimir Sharun
Editing
Lyudmila Feyginova
Costumes
Yelena Fomina

From The Current

Geoff Dyer on the Miracle of Stalker
Geoff Dyer on the Miracle of Stalker

Tarkovsky lover Geoff Dyer discusses the visual and sonic elements of one of the most haunting sequences in Stalker.

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Stalker: Meaning and Making
Stalker: Meaning and Making

During a period of personal turmoil, Andrei Tarkovsky created this enigmatic masterpiece, which explores spiritual and metaphysical mysteries through the prism of a science-fiction epic.

By Mark Le Fanu

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From the Tarkovsky Archives
From the Tarkovsky Archives

On what would have been his eighty-sixth birthday, we’re celebrating Andrei Tarkvosky’s legacy with a look back at some of the essays and videos we’ve published on his work.

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