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  • 4 stars
  • 1979
  • USSR
  • 161 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Andrei Tarkovsky
  • Written by: Arkadi Strugatsky, Boris Strugatsky
  • Cast: Alexander Kaidanovsky, Anatoli Solonitsyn, Nikolai Grinko
  • Language: Russian

Tarkovsky's adaptation of the Strugatsky novel about the aftermath of an alien visitation. The stalker is a man who is prepared to act as a guide through the contaminated area, but the director uses the Zone as a locale of very human desires and projections. Visually splendid and intellectually provocative, Stalker is one of Tarkovsky's most accessible films.

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Q&A: Geoff Dyer on new book Zona at 2012 Edinburgh International Book Festival

2 Aug 2012

Dyer sets out to unlock Andrew Takovsky's Stalker in new book

Give us five words to describe Zona? My thoughts on Tarkovsky’s film Stalker [Ed: OK, that’s six, but we’ll let Geoff off]. Which author should be more famous than they are now? John Jeremiah Sullivan who wrote Pulphead. He is a great stylist and…

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