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Posted by shanoah on March 22, 2009

Well, in this case I found something rather interesting to follow up on your post with.I’ll post it now, though I just posted, since the one 3 hours ago was for yesterday, which is still my today, where as this one is for my tomorrow, today. Yes, my schedule can be weird.

This is a four and a half minute clip from a Russian sci-fi film from 1979 called “Stalker”. From what I could gather from imdb, near an unnamed city is an area called the Zone, guarded by barbed wire and soldiers, and men called ‘stalkers’ sneak in and guide people to one special magical room contained within.

Looks like it was invaded by aliens[1], based on a look at the novel it’s based on, Roadside Picnic, found here. (Thanks, Sean!) I’ll have to watch the whole thing sometime. Religious overtones in a Russian film are interesting, too.

The filmwork, from what I can see here, is beautiful, desolate, and chilling, with great music. The whispered words are from Revelations 6:12-17, and given the lack of subtitles, I’ve provided the King James translation below:

Revelations 6:12 – 6:17

6:12  And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;

6:13  And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.

6:14  And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.

6:15  And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;

6:16  And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:

6:17  For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?

[1] Though there are other interpretations; I read one person commenting on it say that a nuclear disaster had happened in the town, and that it was a coverup. Seems clear enough in the start of the book, though.


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  3. Somnopolis said

    It’s a great book, which I only just got round to finishing myself.

    The film I saw back in 2003 and personally I rate it higher than Solaris. Tarkovsky achieved scenes of alien oddness using only detailed camera work, creating out of a deserted pastoral landscape a ‘Zone’, to rival James Cameron’s Pandora.

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