Until then, here is another of my old unpublished Fantasia reviews. This time from Fantasia 2007.
Stalker (1979) Soviet Union imdb Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky, Written by Arkadiy and Boris Strugatskiy (and Andrei Tarkovsky), Based on the novel by Arkadiy and Boris Strugatskiy
Visually it is stunning. Especially because the film is shot on a limited canvas, but no one who has ever shot in these dimensions has ever filled the screen the way that Tarkovsky does. He adds to his difficulty level even more by shooting many of the scenes through doorways and archways and tunnels, artificially shortening his already smaller canvas, but he shoots with the eye of a painter filling the oddest spaces with stunning content. The artificially constrained screen also creates a sense of claustrophobia and menace that pervades the entire film.
The film is about a place called the Zone which may have been created by a meteor strike or by UFOs or by the Soviet government. The Stalker of the title guides people into the Zone past the Soviet military and through the death-traps that supposedly litter the Zone. At the middle of the Zone is a room which according to rumour grants the secret desire of those who enter it.
|The Stalker in Sepia|
|In the Zone|
|Trapped in the Zone|
|Heart of the Zone (1979)|
|Heart of the Irradiated Zone: Pripyat Ukraine after Chernobyl|
|French Stalker Poster|
All of that said, this film to me is like medicine. It is good for you, but I could do with some straight forward narrative with my allegory, please.