Tarkovsky´s unforgettable STALKER (1979)


A brief looking back at  Tarkovsky´s unforgettable art film Stalker (1979).

The title of the film is derived from the English word to stalk in the long-standing meaning of approaching furtively, much like a hunter. In the film the Stalker works as a guide who leads people through “the Zone”, a forbidden area where the normal laws of physics no longer apply – to encounter “the Room”, said to grant the wishes of anyone who steps inside.


Andrei Tarkovsky (1932-1986) was a Soviet and Russian film maker, writer, film editor, film theorist, theatre and opera director. His work is characterized by spirituality and metaphysical themes, long takes, lack of conventional dramatic structures,  and distinctively authored use of cinematography. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest film-makers of all time. Ingmar Bergman said of Tarkovsky:

“Tarkovsky for me is the greatest (director), the one who invented a new language, true to the nature of film, as it captures life as a reflection, life as a dream.” 

By: Tina Holth