Mysterious, poetic, and deeply meaningful, Stalker attains a level of beauty that few films have matched. Tarkovsky's patience in relating the events extends not simply to the pacing (which helps the film become increasingly engrossing on repeated viewings), but to the slight details he lets out about the characters as well. The Stalker--isolated and looked down on by the rest of society--calls the people back to faith and humility, a message the educated elite seem unable or unwilling to heed.
Stalker must be one of the most impressive movies I've ever seen, but if you're planning to see it be prepared to engage in a slow, dark and often philosophical movie. Tarkovsky somehow succeeds in keeping your attention with powerfull images while at the same time he refuses to make it easy, constantly deluding you and refusing to bring down the movie to a coherent script. After a first view chances are small you will have the feeling you 'got' the movie but I guess that only adds to the charm.
A mysterious and quiet film, with incredible scenery. The atmosphere in this is remarkable, with some amazing photography and camera work. It's difficult to follow everything that's said in the film, but the emotional impact from the atmosphere made up for this. I'll probably have to watch Stalker a few more times to get a firm understanding, but what I've managed to learn so far was quite enlightening. Stalker has a grand sense of scale to it, but it's the intimacy that remains memorable.
It's very hard to put this into words, because really it's more of a feeling than something concrete. To me it has the ambience of a dreary daydream, the whole sifting in and out of shades of black and grey, the long silences, whilst looking out a window with rain drops running down in front of you. It begs a lot of questions about our imagination, and the worth of our thoughts and hopes; the best part is that it just provides the framework, the answers are left for another daydream.
Wow, some of the greatest photography and scenery I have ever seen. Very mysterious film. I didn't understand it that much when I saw it, but if I watch it a few more times, I'm sure I will like it more.
would have rated it better if i could imagine myself ever watching it again. painstakingly beautiful cinematography. long dull stretches. over the top philosophy. adheres to the artfilm cliche (albeit before it was a hard and true cliche) of characters "road-tripping" and learning about themselves and changing their goals along the way.
I need to see this again. I wish I liked it more, really, but as someone once stated, "Stalker is only as good as what the individual brings to it". "Ivan's Childhood" is probably the most accessible Tarkovsky.