(Andrei Tarkovsky, USSR, 1979): It begins almost as a joke. Three men, a Writer, a Professor and a hired guide known as the Stalker, enter a bar. They're downing a few final quaffs of courage before heading somewhere. We're not sure where this somewhere is at...

(Andrei Tarkovsky, USSR, 1966): As ravishing as Lawrence of Arabia yet infinitely more inscrutable and ambitious, Andrei Tarkovsky's second film aims to place the making of art both in the context of sweeping historical forces and insurgent spiritual resistance. As notorious for its troubled release history -- Soviet...