I Was Born Free

"We're all one thing, Lieutenant. That's what I've come to realize. Like cells in a body. 'Cept we can't see the body. The way fish can't see the ocean. And so we envy each other. Hurt each other. Hate each other. How silly is that? A heart cell hating a lung cell." - Cassie from THE THREE
Posts tagged "Stalker"
If you’ve seen Andrei Tarkovsky’s Stalker and you like to ponder the subjective experience of watching films, you should check this book out.
Geoff Dyer gives a shot-by-shot synopsis of Stalker (a very long movie with relatively few shots, thereby making this a relatively short book), going off on all sorts of personal tangents about moments from his own life that he’s reminded of by the film. It’s like half film criticism, half memoir.
It’s pretty rare to see an entire book devoted to a single film, especially one that relatively few people have seen, but they don’t make em much better than Stalker (I’d say it’s one of the greatest films of all time, but truthfully I’ve only seen a small fraction of all films). If you haven’t seen Stalker, it’d be ridiculous for me to recommend you see it just so you can read this book, but for your own sake set aside three hours and make yourself sit through it. And then at a later date maybe check this book out of the library, OK? OK.

If you’ve seen Andrei Tarkovsky’s Stalker and you like to ponder the subjective experience of watching films, you should check this book out.

Geoff Dyer gives a shot-by-shot synopsis of Stalker (a very long movie with relatively few shots, thereby making this a relatively short book), going off on all sorts of personal tangents about moments from his own life that he’s reminded of by the film. It’s like half film criticism, half memoir.

It’s pretty rare to see an entire book devoted to a single film, especially one that relatively few people have seen, but they don’t make em much better than Stalker (I’d say it’s one of the greatest films of all time, but truthfully I’ve only seen a small fraction of all films). If you haven’t seen Stalker, it’d be ridiculous for me to recommend you see it just so you can read this book, but for your own sake set aside three hours and make yourself sit through it. And then at a later date maybe check this book out of the library, OK? OK.

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Stalker, 1979 (dir. Andrei Tarkovsky)

The best.

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Stalker, 1979 (dir. Andrei Tarkovsky)

The best.

Stalker - Final Scene (by TheRimy)

I’ve posted this before, but it’s just so effing beautiful that I am posting it again.

Bjork used the same Tyutchev poem almost 30 years later for The Dull Flame of Desire.

Люблю глаза твои, мой друг,
С игрой их пламенно-чудесной,
Когда их приподымешь вдруг
И, словно молнией небесной,
Окинешь бегло целый круг…

Но есть сильней очарованья:
Глаза, потупленные ниц
В минуты страстного лобзанья,
И сквозь опущенных ресниц
Угрюмый, тусклый огнь желанья.

All this talk of nuclear catastrophe has had me thinking about Stalker lately.  Must watch again soon.

Best final scene ever?


Люблю глаза  твои, мой друг, С игрой  их  пламенно-чудесной, Когда  их  приподымешь вдруг И, словно молнией  небесной, Окинешь бегло целый  круг…
 
Но есть сильней очарованья: Глаза, потупленные ниц В минуты страстного лобзанья, И сквозь опущенных ресниц Угрюмый, тусклый огнь желанья.
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Люблю глаза  твои, мой друг,
С игрой  их  пламенно-чудесной,
Когда  их  приподымешь вдруг
И, словно молнией  небесной,
Окинешь бегло целый  круг…

 

Но есть сильней очарованья:
Глаза, потупленные ниц
В минуты страстного лобзанья,
И сквозь опущенных ресниц
Угрюмый, тусклый огнь желанья.

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