Sunday Morning! Tarkovsky’s “Stalker” (1979)


Rufus F.

Rufus is an American curmudgeon in Canada. He has a PhD in History, sings in a garage rock band, and does a bunch of other stuff.

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  1. Avatar Aaron David says:

    “The director angrily replied that the movie needed to be slower at the beginning so bored audience members would realize they were in the wrong theater and leave early, thus weeding them out.”

    Reminds me of Eco’s Name of the Rose and the infamous door that he spends 3-4 pages describing. But, you have to get through the door to have access to the book.

    Slowly reading the new Murikami, savoring it. I have remarked about the choice of the translator and his word selection, but I am coming to appreciate the changes in style. It keeps you off guard a bit, making a focus on the text important. Also, I picked up an old Arkham House short story monograph, which makes for some nice, creepy, bedtime reading. In The Mist, Elizabeth Walter.Report

    • Avatar Rufus F. says:

      I just picked the new Murakami up from the library. We can possibly talk about it here in a few weeks when we’re all done with it. I’ve loved all of his other books that I’ve read.Report

      • Avatar Aaron David says:

        As I said, I am savoring it, reading a chapter or two a night. This gives me time to do my other bad book habit of reading everything in sight. But I am a big Murikami fan and have done a book club here in the past. I would love to talk more about him and his writing.Report

  2. Avatar Tracy Downey says:

    How did I miss this in film school? I never took Tarkovsky’s work too seriously. Clever of him to deliberately slow down the pace of the movie. Thanks to your keen observations I need to watch with a new fresh set of eyes. For cinematography, this is captivating.
    There’s one film that drew me in from start to finish- Susan Hayward won an Oscar for it-way ahead of it’s time. 1958 I Want To Live, directed by Robert Wise. The cinematography Lionel Linden who also is famous for The Manchurian Candidate. Worth a look and a critique.Report

  3. Avatar Saul Degraw says:

    The great English novelist and writer Geoff Dyer came out with a book about Stalker a few years ago:

    I must confess that I could not make it through Stalker the first time I tried to watch it. This is the only time I tried to watch the film.Report

    • Avatar Rugus F. says:

      Yeah, I think I must have been in the wrong frame of mind when I first tried to watch it. It’s weird though because a slow pace isn’t usually a problem. I’ve seen slower but I think it helped that this time I was a bit tired from work and in a slower frame of mind.

      Dyer has a video essay that was up on the Criterion site about Stalker. I found it pretty interesting.Report

  4. Avatar Saul Degraw says:

    I’m currently reading A Rich Brew: How Cafes Created Modern Jewish Culture by Shachar M. Pinkser. It is largely a look at the cafe cultures of 19th and 20th century cities and the Jewish writers, artists, and intellectuals that lived, breathed, and created in those spaces. Some were secular, some were not, many were keenly aware of their Jewishness and wanted to create work that was proudly and profoundly Jewish. The featured cities are Odessa, Warsaw, Vienna, Berlin, New York, and Tel Aviv.

    • Avatar Rufus F. says:

      I’ll see if I can get a copy through the library. The only book I’ve read about cafe culture wasn’t honestly very good, but it was more of a general survey.Report

  5. Avatar jason says:

    I’ve started Severance by Ling Ma–it’s an apocalyptic zombie book, except the zombies aren’t really a threat, at least so far they’re not. We also watched the first episode of Hinterland, another BBC crime drama–this one set in Wales. It was entertaining and creepy, partially predictable. Plenty of great scenery to go along with a standard kind of mystery.Report

  1. April 12, 2020

    […] finish watching the films of Andrei Tarkovsky. I’ve talked a bit here about the first I saw, Stalker, and I’m now going to talk a bit about the last movie he ever made, interestingly enough a […]Report