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“Stalker”: Andrei Tarkovsky, Faith and the Soviet Union

Early in "Stalker," Andrei Tarkovsky’s newly re-released 1979 futurescape, a character known only as The Writer (Anatoly Solonitsyn) recaps the virtues of the Middle Ages. Unlike modern times with their defeating way of explaining everything, centuries past were flavored by the prevalence of mystery. Every house had its own goblin. In the film’s dreary Soviet house the goblin has a name, ... more >