A thinking man's Wizard of Oz or the trials and tribulations of a madman? A deceptive pathway where only good can reach out to God or an analogy of man amongst nature seen through a journey of self-discovery and realisation? There's a fair amount to ponder when it comes to identifying the meaning behind Stalker although the likelihood is it means all of the above. Or absolutely none it and probably more.
It's an allegorical tale so simplistic that it…
Una verdadera Joya!
Podría parecer lenta, pero para mi no lo fue. Me gustó como la tensión y el misterio iba aumentando tras cada escena.
Clásico del Sci-Fi.
Toca muchos temas profundos, el existencialismo es el mas recurrente, y los 3 personajes muestran un punto distinto de la vida, que causa polémicas entre si, fue un buen contraste.
Nella "Zona", un luogo visitato da entità aliene, c'è un
posto dove ti basta desiderare una cosa per ottenerla.
Lo stalker è la guida per arrivare in questo punto magico.
Ma siamo davvero sicuri che è una fortuna ottenere ciò che
si vuole, o meglio, sappiamo veramente cosa vogliamo?
I don't know if it was Tarkovsky's intention but to me this felt like a sci-fi response to Waiting for Godot.
The basic story is simple enough. Stalker guides the Writer and the Scientist through the Zone. Apparently the Zone is dangerous and they have to follow certain rules to survive but there doesn't seem to be a lot of evidence that they are in danger. The Zone seems like a void on which they impose their own ideas. I…
My first Tarkovsky. All I have to say is... holy fuck.
When I watch things like The Matrix or Holy Motors, I think "Wow these are doing things that have never been envisioned in cinema." Every time I think this I encounter a new Tarkovsky film and realize I am completely wrong.
Another example which solidifies the difficulty of interpreting Tarkovsky's work. First and foremost; contentiously verbal, yet lyrically graceful. So much occurs in the terminal sequences that we'll have to begin from there. On the first point, a lengthy chunk of its run-time is spent in the Zone as Writer, Scientist and Stalker engage in philosophical arguments that - quite literally - spell out the thought-process of Christian perception in a totalitarian environment. These mainly concern attacking viewpoints of hope, reality,…
More a diary entry than a review, but I got in the way of myself in this film. I wanted something desperately of the Zone and of the ending based on my adoration of what Solaris delivers, and it did not deliver me that. I also expected it to tell me one thing clearly, and it explored many things nebulously, which I usually appreciate much more than I did here. I did not like it, but it was a masterpiece.…
Men of God, Science and Art
Filled with doubt.
Reveals only a soul's fear
"May they believe"
I’ve seen this film a handful of times, but I’m still not prepared to write about it, so I’ll just say this. I consider myself mostly an agnostic, but no film makes me want to believe in a faith more than Stalker, and no film makes me cautionary about believing in faith more than Stalker.
I watched this in two sessions, Part 1 (plus a few minutes) and then two days later Part 2.
Part 1: If Beckett had written The Wizard of Oz, it would be a lot like this. Garish overblown sepia tone gives way to color when our travelers land in their desired mythical Zone (Russian for Oz?). There's a great sequence of cat and mouse with security guards on motorcycles looking for our heroes in a jeep through abandoned rail station…
Dazzled and confused by this eternally ambiguous piece of cinematic art, I quickly took to the internet in an attempt to learn more about Stalker's illusive themes, meanings and answers. To my strangely pleasurable surprise, it seems everyone else is just as bewildered and mystified by the film as I was; suggesting Stalker's ambiguity may be its lifeblood, opening it to centuries of interpretation likely only to lead us deeper and deeper into the dark abyss of the film, like…