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027: Stalker, Sculpting in Time, and Tarkovsky’s Philosophy of Filmmaking

In this episode, Andrew and Andrew dig into the 1979 film Stalker from Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky. They also discuss Tarkovsky's contributions to film theory and his book, Sculpting in Time.
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027: Stalker, Sculpting in Time, and Tarkovsky's Philosophy of Filmmaking
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“My conscience wants vegetarianism to win over the world. And my subconscious is yearning for a piece of juicy meat. But what do I want?”

In this episode, Andrew and Andrew dig into the 1979 film Stalker from Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky. They also discuss Tarkovsky’s contributions to film theory and his book, Sculpting in Time. The film itself is a mysterious one, full of big questions and beautiful images. If you’re confounded by this movie, you’re not alone, but hopefully this discussion can give some context to start wrestling with it.

Season 4 Lineup

5/11/20 Tokyo Story

5/25/20 The Seventh Seal

6/8/20 Stalker

6/22/20 Vagabond

7/6/20 Three Colors: Blue

7/20/20 The Tree of Life

Links

Stalker: Meaning and Making

Stalker trailer on YouTube

Dostoyevsky quote from Notes from Underground

About the editing of the classic film Life of an American Fireman

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Andrew Sweatman

Andrew is a writer, podcaster, and film lover who wants to help people think critically about movies. He lives in central Arkansas with his wife Allison and two children, Rosie & Beau. Andrew is the Senior Editor at Arthouse Garage and a member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association (SEFCA). Find him at ArthouseGarage.com and on Twitter and Instagram: @ArthouseGarage.

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