Andrei Tarkovsky: Stalker (1979)

Hoezo in Kino

Not since Sergei Eisenstein laid the ironclad foundation for the medium itself has Mother Russia produced a cinematic force greater than writer/director Andrei Tarkovsky. His uniquely paced and visually astounding features are layered like Dostoyevsky tomes while his films intersperse grand universal themes with the profoundly personal. Tarkovsky described his approach to filmmaking as “sculpting in time” as he brought to the screen a body of work with a trancelike quality that is often imitated yet never equaled. His oeuvre remains as elusive to interpretation today as it must have been to the filmgoers staggering out of the cinema’s in the ’60’s and ’70’s. Beautifully restored and back in the cinema, KINO will screen five of his masterpieces starting September 14th. In Russian with English subtitles.

Regie: Andrei Tarkovsky

Cast: Aleksandr Kaydanovskiy, Alisa Freyndlikh, Anatoly Solonitsin

Genre:

Avontuur, Drama, Sciencefiction

Land: Sovjet Unie

Speelduur: 163 minuten

Taal: Russisch

Ondertiteling: English

Kijkwijzer:
12AH

Tarkovsky’s second foray into sci-fi territory tells the story of three men entering The Zone, in search of a mysterious room that upon entering might grant one’s innermost wishes. The dialogue and voice-over was largely inspired by the poetry of his father, Arseny and the film consists of two distinctly different looking parts (one full color, the other more sepia) because large parts of the original version of the film was destroyed by a lab technician’s error and was later reshot by the director that now had a different visual idea for these scenes.