★★★★★ Watched by 48ONIRAM 18 Apr, 2014

    Tarkovsky's consistent insistence that humans are a spiritual species and his questioning of just what that means is a theme I find particularly moving. Not to mention his visual style which is gorgeous. The whole idea of long takes and the editing being meant to force us to feel the passage of time and contemplate that is a beautiful one.

    One of the finest endings in cinema, to my mind.

    If anyone knows of any good essays or writing on…


  • Robert A

    ★★★★★ Added by Robert A

    A writer, a professor and a true believer walk into a bar. The premise of a joke? And if the answer, some source of meaning, some hint of faith doesn't lie in a small room, in a shack, in a zone, in a town of ruins, then is the joke on us?


  • Ben

    ★★★★★ Watched by Ben 13 Apr, 2014


    I needed a few days before I reviewed this. Im still back and forth about whether I like this more than Solaris, and even if I might prefer Solaris slightly, I believe Stalker is definitely the better film.

    Someone (im not sure who, might have been Dominic Cobb) recently made a list of the best closing scenes ever and it got me thinking about the subject. Until now my answer has without a doubt been There Will be Blood's…


  • Jonascoot

    ★★★★★ Watched by Jonascoot 14 Apr, 2014

    Its like the first day after we left paradise...(we were never that close to happiness, but in the same time we experienced pain for the first time).


  • MasterRick

    ★★★½ Watched by MasterRick 14 Apr, 2014

    I really would need a second viewing to get a good grasp of this, but I guess I liked it. The contrast between the B&W and colour, the directness and linearity of the movements and some of the dialogue grabbed me. Perhaps I wasn’t in the right mood, but at the very least I wasn’t bored.


  • Eli Hayes

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by Eli Hayes 11 Apr, 2014 12

    There has been much inquiry over the past thirty five years or so as to what this film is about - the three faces of the human soul, perhaps? Spirituality? Mortality?

    "How would I know the right word for what I want? How would I know that actually I don't want what I want? Or that I actually don't want what I don't want? They are elusive things: the moment we name them, their meaning disappears, melts, dissolves like a…


  • Elijah Davidson

    ★★★★★ Watched by Elijah Davidson 10 Apr, 2014

    This. Is. Seminary.


  • Henrik EM

    ★★★★★ Watched by Henrik EM 10 Apr, 2014 7

    As much as I hate being that guy who immediately gives Stalker a full score and claiming it to be one of the best films he's ever seen, I honestly don't see another way out of it. It would be unfair to the film. But it's kind of different with Stalker.

    I usually have no problem giving five stars to the films I think deserves it, but in this case there is just so much that needs to be thought…


  • yaldish

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by yaldish 08 Apr, 2014

    Saw this on a 35mm print in London. My first experience with film, one that I will never forget and that made me love (the) film even more.


  • Poio

    Added by Poio

    Stalker passa-se num mundo apocalíptico na União Soviética (a previsão de Andrei Tarkovsky, em 1979, do desastre de Chernobyl, em 1986) onde há um sítio, The Zone, onde são realizados os desejos dos que lá vão. Chegar lá não é tarefa fácil, mas para isso serve um Stalker. O filme é uma constante luta entre a fé (representada pelo nosso protagonista, Stalker) e a cultura moderna (um escritor e um cientista).

    Stalker será sempre um dos meus filmes favoritos por…


  • Ipcress

    ★★★½ Rewatched by Ipcress 17 Mar, 2014 3

    Anybody know if there’s a good release of this anywhere? The DVD I watched was pretty atrocious.


  • Carlyus Almeida

    ★★★★½ Watched by Carlyus Almeida 23 Feb, 2014

    Stalker (1979) - 9

    First Tarkovsky premiere in my short cinematic vocabulary. Probably not the most accessible initiation but something tells me that previewing any other films from the Russian director wouldn't make "Stalker" any easier to digest. It's a difficult movie of very slow pace, sober camera work and a plot device apparently propelled by pure intellectual premiss. The cinematic aesthetic is distinctively bleak, one of the bleakest I've ever seen, and yet the cinematography has a singular quality…