• Eric Graham

IT'S GOING TO TAKE MORE THAN ONE TAKE

Stalker

Director: Andrei Tarkovsky

Starring: Alexander Kaidanovsky, Anatoli Solonitsyn, Nikolai Grinko

Genre: Soviet Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Adventure


Stalker is known as one of the best drama films of the second half of the 20th century and has extremely high ratings now, while upon the film’s release its reception was less than favourable. Apart from the film’s interesting plot, I didn’t find the film too intriguing.


The film strives in its originality of the plot. The film is led by a person known as a ‘stalker’ (a professional guide to the ‘zone’) who leads two clients to a mysterious and restricted site where there is a room which (apparently) has the ability to fulfil a person’s greatest wishes.


The film combines different elements of science fiction and dramatic mental and rational themes. The film relies on long takes with barely any camera movement (which becomes daunting at times), while most shots (that don’t take place in the ‘zone’ has a high-contrast monochrome style to it.


Looking back on the initial reception of the film, I feel as though this film will reward its viewers in repeated viewings. I wouldn’t recommend this film, unless you are willing to watch it more than a couple of times.



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