Nanovic Film: STALKER (1979)


Location: Browning Cinema, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center (View on map )

STALKER (1979)

Thursday, September 28 at 7:00 p.m.
Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky

Matthew Payne, assistant professor in the Department of Film, Television, and Theatre, will introduce the screening.

"Why Stalker Is the Film We Need Now" by NEW REPUBLIC

Andrei Tarkovsky’s final Soviet feature is a metaphys­ical journey through an enigmatic postapocalyptic landscape, and a rarefied cinematic experience like no other. A hired guide—the Stalker—leads a writer and a professor into the heart of the Zone, the restricted site of a long-ago disaster, where the three men eventually zero in on the Room, a place rumored to fulfill one’s most deeply held desires. Adapting a science-fiction novel by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky, Tarkovsky created an immersive world with a wealth of material detail and a sense of organic atmosphere. A religious allegory, a reflection of contemporaneous political anxieties, a meditation on film itself—Stalker envelops the viewer by opening up a multitude of possible meanings.

All films will be shown in the THX-certified Browning Cinema at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center on campus and will be preceded by a ten-minute introduction by a visiting film expert or member of the Notre Dame community. 

Tickets are $7 for adults, $6 for senior citizens, $5 for ND/SMC faculty/staff, and $4 for students/children at 574-631-2800, or visit  A limited number of free tickets are available at 1060 Nanovic Hall (The Nanovic Institute).