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Stalker Reviews

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November 11, 2013
Desde el incio se puede observar algo característico de esta película y que la diferencia de las demás obras del director: el manejo del suspenso. Tarkovski logra mantenernos interesados en lo que sucede y en lo que va a suceder, desde las primeras escenas, con preguntas como: ¿Lograrán evadir a la policía? ¿Por qué quieren evadirla? y posteriormente con otras tales como: ¿A dónde se dirigen? ¿Sobrevivirán? ¿Qué es "la zona"? y muchas otras cuestiones que emergen durante el filme y que nos permiten permanecer atentos deseando conocer lo que sucederá. Éste es sólo un ejemplo de cómo en esta cinta podemos apreciar a un Tarkovski más maduro tanto narrativa como visualmente.
Otra cosa a resaltar es la increíble perfección y delicadeza de cada imagen; Stalker se encuentra bellísimamente fotografiado y cada fotograma está magníficamente encuadrado. Definitivamente nos encontramos frente a un Aleksandr Kniazhinski y un Andrei Tarkovski fuertemente inspirados y que no podrían haber conformado un mejor equipo. Quien también cumple un gran papel, es Eduard Artémiev, que acompaña fenomenalmete la película con una especie de soundtrack new age ambiental que se adapta muy bien a la historia.
Un aspecto que tal vez a pocos importe, pero que quiero destacar, es que la última lluvia que inicia casi al final de la película, es la lluvia con el inicio más real de todos los filmes de Tarkovski, la cual, en sus filmes anteriores, siempre comienza de una manera bastante falsa y excesivamente espontánea.
Una vez más, mientras apreciamos hermosas imágenes, Andrei aprovecha para transmitir mensajes a través de profundos pensamientos, diálogos filosóficos y diversos poemas que, sin lugar a dudas, llevan al espectador a reflexionar, algo que desde el punto de vista artístico y social es de suma importancia en un filme, cosa que no hubiera sido posible sin el destacable trabajo del actor Aleksandr Kaydanovskiy. Y qué mejor que enfrentar a un científico y un escritor para "filosofar" intensamente.
Con una historia ciertamente compleja, a pesar de ser un filme considerado por algunos como un miembro del género de ciencia ficción, es una película con un mensaje tremendamente humano.
Stalker cuenta con muchos puntos a su favor, que la convierten en una película muy disfrutable para todo aquel que sabe apreciar el buen cine. Es un filme que no será para todo público debido a sus tomas y ritmo muy extensos en cuanto a longitud y lentitud, pero es, definitivamente, una verdadera obra de arte que sólo este magnífico director podría llevar a cabo.
October 26, 2013
Not an easy film, but almost certainly a great one.
February 19, 2013
An ambient, symbolic, provoking and philosophical wonder. Stalker manages to present a gloomy, dark, feel from the first scene and sustains it until the final cut. The dialogue is masterfully crafted, creating quote upon quote with much philosophical provenance. The progression of the story may seem slow, yet the long camera movements across the detailed scenery provokes thoughts about a message which can be interpreted in many ways. Before watched, however, a summary of plot of either the film or novel should be read as context is not clear until a sizable amount of the film has passed.
Wonderfully thought provoking.
October 9, 2013
Excelente fotografía y me gusto mucho el tema, pero es lenta.
August 19, 2013
"Weakness is a great thing, and strength is nothing. When a man is just born, he is weak 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 strength are death's companions. Pliancy and weakness are expressions of the freshness of being. Because what has hardened will never win."
Sylvester K

Super Reviewer

September 11, 2013
Slightly overrated I reckon, it is atmospheric and ambient, but it failed to impress me with it's long running time. I loved the use of ruins as the set, the monochromatic vintage effect within and outside of the zone. The dialogues were deeply meaningful and the characters were all well portrait. The curious long shots were my favourite part, they establish the setting really well and allowed the audience to have a better understanding of the environmnet where the film was set/shot in. It really is worth watching if you can sit through the whole film.
September 3, 2013
Stalker - the BEST film ever made!
Stalker (made by cinematography genius Andrei Tarkovsky) is a visually unforgettable film.
It's my most favourite film of all time. It's based on short science fiction novel Roadside Picnic - written by Russian science fiction authors Arkady and Boris Strugatsky. It has a very deep storyline that held my interest from the first to the last minute.
I was very impressed by the acting of Alexander Kaidanovsky. For most of the film there are only three actors - they did their job amazingly well.
From a technical point of view - it is the BEST film ever made!
I strongly recommend to watch it.
Adriel L

Super Reviewer

May 6, 2012
Dazed, shaken and poignantly moved. Mesmerizing, not by the magnetic scenery itself, but by own thought.
August 15, 2013
You get out of this film what you put into it. That's the hallmark of true art.
August 6, 2013
My third Tarkovsky's film (after SOLARIS 1972, 8/10 and NOSTALGHIA 1983, 8/10), STALKER is a startling eye-opener, set in a sordid clanking land of rural Soviet Union, after the falling of a meteorite, an enigmatic area "The Zone" has emerged, inside there is a room can grant incomers' innermost wishes, but cordoned by the government with armies, only with the guidance of so called "stalkers", one can reach the room. So the expedition involves one stalker and his two clients, a writer and a professor, one begs for inspiration and the other conceals an ulterior motive.

As one can predict, the film is teeming with Tarkovsky's trademark static/panning long shots, mesmerizing and conjuring up a recondite sense of metaphysics, for example, a steady long shot of various items in the water finishes with the focus on a human hand, sometimes it's baffling, as viewers (as well as the two clients) have been warned numerous times by the stalker, the place is precarious, many a predecessor dies mysteriously in the zone, among a large chunk of the time Tarkovsky successfully maintains the stifling suspense to tally with the seedy locale, the movement is painstakingly strung out, so the audiences cannot shun the unknown danger but only succumb to a thorough wallow in the wasteland. Tarkovsky never resort to cheap horror to give vent to excitement or relief, instead, he utilizes a man-made natural surrounding to trap oneself in, and let our own inside demon out to divulge a sense of thrill and frisson.

I don't speak Russian, so it probably hinders my apprehension of the dialogue, only if the English interpretation could be better, nevertheless, STALKER seems bit chattier than Tarkovsky's other works, their debate ranges from the philosophy of human beings' psychological trials and tribulations, the sociopolitical radicalism to the awe and frustration towards the mystery and miracles plus the unselfishness of art, etc. I may not be able to fully cover all the implications from the first viewing, but one can not deny here the luxuriant imagery is louder than words at any rate.

The cast is also memorable, the monochrome close-ups endow each character with a pictorial impact of their own resolution, the friend-or-foe association motivates the storytelling and excellently penetrates the harmony of the trio thus overshoots viewers' expectation.

Myself find the supernatural elements have been fascinatingly deployed in this film, scattering into many inscrutable shots, sometimes only in a jiffy and most strikingly is the ending, with the daughter of the stalker, mind-controls still objects until one glass falls on the ground but the sound is drowned by the strident train running nearby, which ultimately veils the film with a stratum of mystique that qualifies Tarkovsky as one of the most unique and essential filmmaker of all time!
August 5, 2013
i think tarkovsky's chagrin over metaphors extends predominantly to a disdain for allegory. because allegory delimits (read Susan Sontag's "Against Interpretation") whereas the zone is a free area; the remainder of the world a prison. the power spiritual pulse that tarkovsky imbues his films with is that searching, questioning, wandering, receptiveness that opens itself up to this freedom, that does not delimit itself in the antagonism of ideology. this reciprocity is totally generative and generous. and you have to be receptive. this is the productive matrix that is so directly related to the most beautiful ending of any film i've ever seen and yes i sat blank faced as tears streamed down my face. so there's that
July 16, 2013
Nature, humanity, human nature, politics, "otherness," society, class, environmentalism and gender roles all combine to create a hauntingly beautiful film.
July 6, 2012
Tarkovsky's films are I think the most (visually) beautiful ever made, the pacing may not suit some people but well that's their loss. The acting in this film is first rate, Alexander Kaidanovsky in particular is excellent. The subject matter and the visuals of Stalker are extremely haunting, this film will stay with you a long time after you've watched it.
March 9, 2013
In "Stalker" Andrei Tarkovsky did not disappoint me on any regard. He perfectly balances the creepy atmosphere and the beautiful scenery to create a wonderfully haunting experience. It is a deeply philosophical film that can only hope to be understood after multiple viewings, although you don't have to understand it to enjoy it.
June 2, 2013
A breathtaking, and nearly perfect piece of work. Tarkovsky's portrait of "The Zone" is something that will ever be engraved into my head. His patient style gets the best of him at points, hurting the climax of the film, but nevertheless....brilliant.
June 15, 2013
The rhythm in this 160-minute long soviet-era Russian movie is painfully slow. The storyline is about a writer and a scientist led by a guide to some mysterious and dangerous place called "The Zone" where wishes are granted. The themes are highly existential. The "action" is mostly dialogue-driven and the acting is litteral, so the movie often feels like an andio book with average voice actors. Picture quality is outstanding, the sets are surrealist and the use of color is creative, making up for nearly-absent special effects.
June 10, 2013
Stunning from the beginning to the end! This is a sci-fi in which you live while you watch it.
June 2, 2013
A long and boring movie that leads nowhere, just like the "Stalker"...
October 17, 2012
Wow is this boring long drawn out everything *watched 40 minutes skimmed it through....... and the face at the end...... sums up the whole movie
November 7, 2012
most sublime film i've ever seen.
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