The people who made this incredible film, one of the greatest films ever, all died as a result; that is, the ones who were in the radioactive zone: Tarkovsky, the 3 male actors who entered the "zone", the photographer, and assistant director. They all died a slow death from cancer within 17 years of making this film. You owe it to yourself to see the masterpiece that these people all gave their lives for.
The most important film of my life. Moments when l saw it for the first time l can't compare to anything. I laughed, l cried, l was in some very special euphoria. l wish l can have words for this film. l wish l can have words for Tarkovsky and everything he means to me - but l don't. And l don't think l'll ever have. l only have endless love for his films and it's all l can give.
"Let them believe in themselves, let them be helpless like children, because weekness is a great thing, and strengh is nothing. When a man is just born, he is week and flexible, when he dies he is hard and insensitive. When a tree is growing, it's tender and pliant, but when it's dry and hard, it dies. Hardness and strengh are death's companions. Pliancy and weekness are expressions of the freshness of being"
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
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.