I just saw this film for the second time, this time in the cinema: the brilliant photography was even more breath taking on a big screen! Being a particular fan of philosophical themes, this movie certainly is one of my favorites. I also love the absurdity and abstractness in which the existential confrontation is presented. It's an absolute masterpiece.
I like to think of this film as an "anti-epic" it's a deeply moving and profound experience with larger than life ideas and themes but without a hint of excitement or action. It manages to be science fiction displays none of the tell tale signs. By the end your exhausted but it's your mind that's racing not your heartbeat.
What a cinematic experience! I need to take the trip over and over again. Still a masterpiece which continues to unfold with every stalk.
For a movie that never raises its voice, it's amazing how powerful it is. I need to think about it some more.
Vou dizer: "Stalker" não é o melhor filme de Tarkovski - o que pode provocar arrepios em muitos cinéfilos! A dificuldade de apreensão 'objetiva' do que se conta é corriqueira nos seus filmes, que tendem para a poesia e, pois, à subjetividade, mas aqui torna-se muito longa e menos envolvente. Trabalhando entre a cor e o p&b, a fotografia e os cenários fazem dos quadros construções dramáticas e, literalmente, úmidas.
Tarkovsky leaves me cold. But then his images and ideas refuse to leave me alone. I still won't forgive the frankly annoying and very overt philosophizing that goes on here, but somehow my complaints ring petty in the shadow of such undeniable vision...
The type of film that will no doubt attract 'holier than thou' fans, it will also gain the respect of those with an open mind when it comes to film and whatever is being talked about here. I have my theories. Stalker bounces off of its user (audience). More should take this approach. And the lengthy opening hour was prefect. Some just want answers. But how to get to it requires a form of answering too. Pretty also.
Yes, fine, the cinematography and visuals are great and the it all seems very poetic, yada yada yada. But Tarkovsky seems to be trying his absolute hardest to make us not understand what is going on, and it is plain and simple dull. 3/5
Both the cinematography and the photography are really impressive, the film has some great existencialist themes and the plot was interesting. However, my problem with this film was that I felt it was far too long, the first half of the film was actually pretty slow, I felt the movie´s narrative inconsistent and with some forced themes. Throw at me all the "2Deep4You" crap that you want but this film is overrated.
Ok, I watched it. I think a lot of this went over my head, but as expected it was one of the most challenging viewing experiences I've ever had. I have a lot of thoughts about what (if anything?) Tarkovsky was attempting "to say", but if nothing else this is technically one of the best films I've ever seen.
Tarkovski ci regala un'ambiziosa,raffinata e stimolante allegoria sulla sete di conoscenza e sulla paura della stessa.Nella sua essenza è abbastanza bergmaniano, poichè un viaggio fisico diventa un pretesto per un viaggio spirituale,attraverso le ansie,i desideri e i dubbi dell'intera umanità.Il tutto viene realizzato mediante stupendi scenari e grandiose riflessioni filosofiche,fino al memorabile finale che delizia.
Odd how one of the most beautiful movies ever made killed a bunch of people...
I've learned and experienced things since the first time I've watched "Stalker". Now that I have rewatched it again today, there are visual pieces and interpretations of dialogue that are new pearls for me. I'm also still curious as to how some scenes are shot
Of all the beauty that makes up this film, the dialogue is what captivates me most. So many little lines that are permanently stained on my brain.
Mystical. There is simply an allure about Tarkovsky’s creation, whether it be its barren, bleached landscapes - startling, hypnotic cinematography in all; akin to Antonioni’s Red Desert - or its haunting journey: The Zone as being beyond this world and its understanding, and yet the one hope for desperate renewal; the search for such binding together three jaded souls and their discordant hearts and minds, in cathartic pilgrimage. The Mirror was a great leap forward for Tarkovsky. Stalker is his hitherto masterpiece.