Science Fiction Film & Television

Tarkovsky and the Strugatskii brothers

The prehistory of Stalker

Science Fiction Film & Television (2015), 8, (2), 255–277.

Abstract

This article recreates, step-by-step and in great detail, the story of turning Roadside Picnic into Stalker, from the first to the last version of the script by the Strugatskii brothers, in their painstakingly close collaboration with the director Andrei Tarkovsky. The article is partly based on archival sources and private correspondence, hitherto unavailable in the West. The author’s unique position – he was an assistant director on Stalker – affords additional insight.

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Tsymbal, Evgenii

Maguire, Muireann

Tsymbal, Evgenii

Maguire, Muireann