(Andrei Tarkovsky, 1979).
Loosely adapted from a novel by the sci-fi writers Arkady and Boris Strugatsky, Tarkovsky’s last Soviet film is a perverse replay of Solaris’s cosmic voyage, a remake of Andrei Rublev in a secular world of post-apocalyptic misery. (It’s also weirdly evocative of David Lynch’s Eraserhead). Stalker is as devious as it is gorgeous—the only certain thing is its blatant anti-technological, anti-rational, anti-materialist bias.

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This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on July 1, 2009

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