• Ben

    Watched by Ben 03 Feb, 2016 3

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Rarely in Stalker are the characters, spatially, the most important things in the frame. The bleak, fleetingly hopeful environment looms. It is king, and the three men who guide our experience are mere servants.

    I normally hate when something unhuman is described as “its own character,” but the environment Tarkovsky cultivates—full of vague mystery—is truly that, because of its vitality and human evolutions. It is, at first, dull and grey and tame. However, as the men reach the wild Zone,…

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  • OMC

    ★★★★★ Added by OMC 2

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    It is hard for me to pick a favourite Tarkovsky film because Andrei Rublev and Solyaris are also undeniably great. What it comes down to for me is two scenes in Stalker which turn cinema into a great art. The first is the trip into the Zone, an incredible long and hypnotic scene in which the sound of the rails starts to merge with traces of synthesizer music by Eduard Artemyev. This scene completely hooked me after the brooding introduction…

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  • Sillie

    ★★★½ Added by Sillie

    Outstanding adaptation of a original Russian book. Deep (really too dry to be honest) : at least the cinematography is top notch.

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  • Robert Gassaway

    ★★★★★ Added by Robert Gassaway

    Tarkovsky charts the landscape of the soul.

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  • Alistair Ryder

    ★★★½ Watched by Alistair Ryder 03 Feb, 2016

    Week 20 of Letterboxd Season Challenge 2015-16
    Sci-Fi Week

    Andrei Tarkovsky; austere and influential Russian director who helped popularise the idea that the cinema of his nation could be as rich with existential themes and provocative ideas as its literature. Yet despite its reputation as a slow art film, brimming with pessimistic ideas on wealth and morality like a science fiction remake of The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, the thing that caught me whilst watching Stalker is how its…

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  • Henry

    ★★★½ Watched by Henry 31 Jan, 2016

    Feel totally out of whack with everyone else on this site but what the hell. I can enjoy a contemplative, ponderous film as much as the next person but Stalker really does plod along. The beginning I loved, but then everything came to a slow, slow halt. The poor Stalker walks two of the most pretentious people on earth through a dangerous area known as the Zone in order to reach the Room, where a great wish of yours will…

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  • Quizrama

    ★★★★½ Watched by Quizrama 27 Jan, 2016

    Suffering creates pride. As humans, we believe that the most stable feeling of pleasure, one that isn't altered by changes during the day, is the feeling of working harder than the people we know, responding to harsher conditions and coping comparatively better, and of believing that every second, in which there is toil, has been felt to its extremities and earned. Then, we give ourselves some hope yet to come to counteract the turmoil, affixing to it a destination into…

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  • Chuggers

    ★★★★ Watched by Chuggers 26 Jan, 2016

    When a man thinks of the past, he becomes kinder...

    If I begin recalling my life, it's very unlikely I'll get any kinder. Besides, don't you feel how shameful the whole thing is?

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  • Nate S

    ★★★★★ Added by Nate S

    It's hard to choose my favorite Tarkovsky. They all deserve to be the best in their own ways. But Stalker holds the most special place in my heart, so I guess it wins the competition for my favorite. Goskino criticized it for not being fast paced enough, but it's easily Tarkovsky's most engaging and entertaining film. It's more fully realized as a film than Solaris, in my opinion. This is a fully realized science fiction film, created only in the way Tarkovsky can create.

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  • MiguelSolo

    ★★★★½ Watched by MiguelSolo 24 Jan, 2016

    "
    Porque no tengo esperanza de volver otra vez
    Porque no tengo esperanza
    Porque no tengo esperanza de volver
    deseando el don de este hombre y la capacidad de aquel hombre
    ya no me esfuerzo por esforzarme hacia tales cosas
    (¿por qué habría de extender sus alas el águila envejecida?)
    ¿Por qué habría yo de lamentar
    el desvanecido poder del reino acostumbrado?

    Porque no tengo esperanza de conocer otra vez
    la gloria inválida de la hora positiva
    porque no pienso…

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  • Matthew Price

    Watched by Matthew Price 22 Jan, 2016

    Weird

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  • Ellen Andrews

    ★★★★★ Watched by Ellen Andrews 22 Jan, 2016

    There is nothing quite like a long, slow, quiet, contemplative film, and Stalker is a remarkable example of this. It's entrancing.

    Somewhat personally important for me, it managed to put into proper words, a idea that had been washing around my brain for a number of years now, that is this:

    "Let everything that's been planned come true. Let them believe. And let them have a laugh at their passions. Because what they call passion actually is not some emotional…

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