Stalker: the fatal movie of Andrei Tarkovsky

The late Andrei Tarkovsky made Stalker despite a hard time during production. This video essay explains how it could have contributed to his death.

Last July, CinemaTyler uploaded a video essay about “Stalker”, Andrei Tarkovsky’s 1979 movie about a person known as the “Stalker” who takes two clients to a restricted site known as the “Zone”, where a rumoured room grants a person’s innermost desires.

Seven years before filming his final masterpiece, The Sacrifice, Andrei Tarkovsky sacrificed his sanity to make Stalker. Stalker had one of the most difficult productions in cinema history and possibly even caused Tarkovsky’s death. So let’s see why one crew member described the production of Stalker as “a mirror of a hellish trip.”

Tarkovsky left Russia the same year Stalker was released and made two more films—Nostalghia in 1983 and The Sacrifice in 1986, before passing away later that year.

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