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  • Thursday, June 1

    7 PM (163 mins)



Parapsychology -- Drama, Strugatskiï, Arkadiï Natanovich. Roadside picnic -- Film and video adaptations, Wishes -- Drama


Digital Restoration

  • Introduction

    Geoff Dyer, writer in residence at the University of Southern California, is the author of four novels and nine works of nonfiction; his latest, The Street Philosophy of Garry Winogrand, will be published in 2018. Dyer’s Zona: A Book About a Film About a Journey to a Room is an examination of Tarkovsky’s Stalker.


Aleksandr Kajdanovsky, Alisa Frejndlikh, Anatoli Solonitsyn, Nikolai Grinko,

A sci-fi tale that unwinds in the environs of the soul takes the form of a nightmarish quest for nothing less than truth itself. In a plot employing the outlines of a novel by Soviet authors Arkady and Boris Strugatsky, who also wrote the screenplay, a writer and a scientist follow a shaven-headed “stalker” into forbidden territory, a dangerous wilderness known as the Zone. Tarkovsky forces—or perhaps allows—reality to yield abstract images of startling originality, and his vision of landscape bathed in eerie sepia hues is nothing less than mystical.

  • Arkady Strugatsky
  • Boris Strugatsky
Based On
  • Adapted from the novel by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky

  • Aleksandr Knyazhinsky
  • Russian
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • Color
  • DCP
  • 163 mins
  • Janus Films

CineFiles is an online database of BAMPFA's extensive collection of documentation covering world cinema, past and present.

View Stalker documents  

Stalker (program note), Cinematheque Ontario/a division of Toronto International Film Festival Group, James Quandt, 2007

Tarkovsky at 70 (program note), Film Society of Lincoln Center, 2002

The poetry of apocalypse: the films of Andrei Tarkovsky (program note), Cinematheque Ontario/a division of Toronto International Film Festival Group, James Quandt, 2002

Stalker (program note), Harvard Film Archive, 2000

Stalker (distributor materials), New Yorker Films, 1995

Stalker (distributor materials), New Yorker Films, 1989

A tribute to Andrei Tarkovsky (program note), Hong Kong Film Festival, 1987

Homenaje in memoriam: Andrei Tarkovski (program), Cinemateca de Cuba, 1987

A tribute to Andrei Tarkovsky (program), Hong Kong Film Festival, Michael Lam, 1987

The films of Andrei Tarkovsky (program), Hopkins Center of Dartmouth College, Barry Scherr, 1986

Displaying 10 of 21 publicly available documents.

View all Stalker documentation on CineFiles.