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Geoff Dyer on Andrei Tarkovsky’s Stalker

“Four things that get under your skin: shards of glass, splinters of wood, sharp needles, and books by Geoff Dyer. Where most writers barely nick the flesh of human feeling, Dyer somehow manages to dig deeper.” —Guardian (UK)

In this unique program designed for the Walker, Geoff Dyer presents excerpts of his book Zona: A Book About a Film About a Journey to a Room, which centers on Andrei Tarkovsky’s film Stalker. The author departs from conventional modes of criticism as he reads aloud and comments about the making of the film while sections of it play silently on the screen. As he says, “It’s not just one of the greatest films of all time, but one of the greatest works of art.” An examination of ways that art shapes our view of the world, Zona has been praised as “extremely clever” (New York Review of Books) and “irresistible” (Slate). A Q&A and book-signing follows. 90 minutes.

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Major support to preserve, digitize, and present the Ruben/Bentson Film and Video Study Collection is generously provided by the Bentson Foundation.