In the Zone: A dialogue between Excess, Suture and Tarkovsky’s Stalker (1979)


<an excerpt of an earlier text by my hand, concerning Stalker and the concepts of suture and excess> 

In Stalker, there are a few noteworthy examples where characters directly interact –or speak – with the camera. To highlight these examples in a correct manner I’ve included some screenshots, which are pictured below. With regards to excess and suture these will be handled in order by number.

Example 1



Example 2


Example 3


Example 4


I’d purely like to establish example 1 as a fairly standard use of the process of suture, so the other sequences contrast better in the accumulation of examples. The Wife and the Stalker have a conversation; the viewer sees a shot of the Wife directly interacting with the camera. In the complementary shot the spectator views the Stalker, and the sequence is closed by an establishing shot of the Wife and the…

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