’Don’t hope for flying saucers. That would be too interesting," a jaded writer tells a glamorous woman in one of many strange and beautiful scenes in Andrei Tarkovsky’s “Stalker” (1979). There are no flying saucers in the great Russian director’s haunting tale of a journey into the depths of a postapocalyptic landscape, but it offers visual splendor, as well as mysteries, portents and miracles.
Kristin M. Jones
July 21, 2017