- Aug 25, 2019
- Reaction score
Watch the figures move through the abandoned landscape its hard not to think of Chernobyl, still a decade in the future."Zona" by Geoff Dyer
This is an analysis, in an informal tone, of a 1970s movie called "Stalker" made by Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky.
I actually saw Stalker 2 years ago. We had parents' night at school, and rather than spend 90 minutes doubling my commute I watched it by myself in my classroom. Tarkovsky is perhaps better known for his version of "Solaris."
The plot is three men sneak into a forbidden zone that has been sealed off by the military, the site of a meteor crash, or some other unspecified event. It's lush and green, with ominous wreckage of tanks and jeeps that had tried to invade the Zone. It is full of booby traps and snares, that are constantly shifting: the rules of time and distance don't apply. But somewhere in the zone is a Room, a room that grants the innermost desire of who ever enters it.
The question is: what is your innermost desire? Not what you think you want, or what you should want, but what do you actually want.
Written in an informal, talky style, quite readable. More readable than the movie is watchable.