A film about three men walking through the wooded territory, two of which are mostly calm, and the third is constantly afraid of something.Stalker
— A popular recap of unknown origin
, or СТАЛКЕР
in the original Russian, is a 1979 Andrei Tarkovsky Science Fiction
film shot in Estonia. It is an adaptation (albeit a very loose one) by the Strugatsky Brothers
of their earlier science-fiction story Roadside Picnic
The film takes place in and around a devastated partially-industrialised landscape called The Zone. At the centre of The Zone we are told, lies a location called The Room, which is said to grant the deepest desires of those strong enough to make it there, avoiding the numerous hazards for which the Zone enjoys a fearsome and lethal reputation.
Our three main characters meet in a bar outside the Zone. They are only named by their professions; Stalker, Writer, and Professor. Stalker is both the protagonist and also the name of a class of semi-professional guides, skilled at infiltrating the security cordon surrounding the Zone, and avoiding the many hazards within it. He regards the Zone with something close to religious awe, and treats it as a temperamental Deity to be appeased and wondered at. Writer is an urbane, fashionable, cynical author with a drink problem. He complains that he has lost his inspiration, and wishes to regain it via the power of The Room. Professor is a taciturn physicist, who appears to have no particular reason to visit the Zone, and a small backpack that he is very attached to.The video game of the same name
could be said to be loosely inspired by this film. Very loosely. It is more correct to say that they share some features in common because they draw on the same original inspiration.
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