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

Hear a recording of Geoff Dyer, author of Zona: A Book About a Film About a Journey to a Room, an examination of Tarkovsky’s Stalker, introducing our June 1, 2017 screening of this film.


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 roughest outlines of a novel by Soviet sci-fi writers Arkady and Boris Strugatsky, 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 up abstract images of startling originality. His vision of landscape is nothing less than truly mystical—these are places to be found only in humankind’s spiritual Baedeker. On top of everything else, Tarkovsky was a director who truly grasped the aesthetic power of color, and this unforgettable pilgrimage is bathed in eerie sepia hues.

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

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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

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