Stalker ★★★★★

No one individual can have enough hate or love to spread across all mankind.

Criterion Collection - Spine #888
Absolutely mesmerizing. Deliberately paced, infinitely poetic, Lynchian in its surrealism and Lovecraftian in its mystifying grandness. Long monologues meditate on art, economy, religion, hope and despair, desire and the meaning of life. I’ve heard endless talk of Tarkovsky’s camera movement but I was struck by how painterly every frame was. 
Honestly the best location scouting and art direction I’ve ever seen. The film was stylistically rich without ever feeling self-indulgent. It’s a journey, albeit a long one, but extremely rewarding. Tarkovsky was a master of cinema and this is an all-time masterpiece.

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