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Stalker (1979)

Rated NR 161 min. 2017

One of the most immersive and rarefied experiences in the history of cinema, Andrei Tarkovsky's Stalker embarks on a metaphysical journey through an enigmatic post-apocalyptic landscape. A hired guide- the "Stalker" of the title- 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, and making what would be his final Soviet feature, Tarkovsky created a challenging and visually stunning work, his painstaking attention to material detail and sense of organic atmosphere further enriched by this vivid new digital restoration. At once a religious allegory, a reflection of contemporary political

anxieties, and a meditation on film itself - among many other interpretations - Stalker envelops the viewer by opening up a multitude of possible meanings.

Film Credits

Director: Andrei Tarkovsky

Writer: Arkadi Strugatsky and Boris Strugatsky

Cast: Aleksandr Kaidanovsky, Alisa Frejndlikh, Anatoli Solonitsyn, Nikolai Grinko and Natasha Abramova

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