“Perhaps it was in Stalker that I felt for the first time the need to indicate clearly and unequivocally the supreme value by which, as they say, man lives.” – Andrei Tarkovsky

One of the greatest films of all time – and perhaps the single greatest science fiction film – Andrei Tarkovsky’s Stalker has long been both a rarity and a touchstone. Smartly flipping a common trope of post-nuclear anxieties, the film follows three men – known simply as Stalker (Aleksandr Kaydanovskiy), Writer (Anatoliy Solonitsyn), and Professor (Nikolai Grinko) – into a government-controlled lockdown zone in search of a room capable of granting its visitors’ innermost desires. With stunning visuals and almost impossible philosophical scope, Tarkovsky enshrouds religious allegory and political anxieties in quiet realism, constructing a dialogic meditation on art, faith, religion, and love. Thanks to a new restoration from Janus Films, this staple of the cinematic canon once again graces the big screen.

Dir. Andrei Tarkovsky, 1979, DCP, 161 min.

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