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Tarkovsky's Stalker


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“Tarkovsky is the greatest of them all. He moves with such naturalness in the room of dreams.” — Ingmar Bergman

1979 | 162 min | DCP | Russian with English subtitles
Andrei Tarkovsky’s final Soviet feature is a metaphysical journey through an enigmatic post-apocalyptic landscape, and a rarefied cinematic experience like no other. A hired guide—the Stalker—leads a writer and a scientist into the heart of the Zone, the restricted site of a long-ago disaster, where the three men eventually zero in on the Room, a place rumored to fulfill one’s most deeply held desires. Adapting a science-fiction novel by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky, Tarkovsky created an immersive world with a wealth of material detail and a sense of organic atmosphere, qualities that are on immaculate display in this stunning new restoration of a film until now rarely seen in U.S. cinemas. A religious allegory, a reflection of contemporaneous political anxieties, a meditation on film itself—Stalker envelops the viewer by opening up a multitude of possible meanings.

Restored by Mosfilm from a 2K scan of the original negative. A Janus Films release.