Stalker (1979) Poster



According to the film's sound designer Vladimir Sharun, at least 3 members of the crew (including director Andrei Tarkovsky) died as a result of chemical contamination encountered on location in Estonia.
The Zone of the film was inspired by a nuclear accident that took place near Chelyabinsk in 1957. Several hundred square kilometers were polluted by fallout and abandoned. There was no official mention of this "forbidden zone" at the time.
The film was initially shot on Kodak 5247 stock. This film stock was newer to Soviet laboratories of the time and some of the original negatives were destroyed by a processing error at the laboratory. Part of the film was shot again with a new cinematographer, Aleksandr Knyazhinskiy. This contributed to the film's two-part narrative structure.
The poetry of Arseny Tarkovsky (father of director Andrei Tarkovsky) inspires much of this film.
This film averages a new camera shot every 88 seconds.
It is said that the rushes of the first version of the film were kept by editor Lyudmila Feyginova in her home for years. They were destroyed by a fire that also claimed her life.
To allow changes to the color tone of a long strip of film over an extended take, director Andrei Tarkovsky built a long film processing vat which had different temperatures along the way.
When the Stalker is referred to as 'Chingachgook' and 'Leatherstocking,' these are references to characters in James Fenimore Cooper's novel "The Last of the Mohicans."
This film inspired video game developer GSC Game World to create STALKER:Shadow of Chernobyl. The game puts players into the role of a stalker who must navigate The Zone looking for answers to his amnesia.
The insignia on the police officers' helmet features two letters: AT, the initials of the director, Andrei Tarkovsky.
There is no dialogue for the first 9.5 minutes.
Towards the end of the movie, the Stalker's wife smokes cigarettes from a carton that bears the same AT (Andrei Tarkovsky) insignia as the policeman's helmet.
The scenes of the girl moving the glasses on the table with her mind at the end of the film were honored in the music video for the song "Bedtime Story" from Madonna.
Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.
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