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September 22 - November 24, 2002

Close Encounters

Introduced by Theater and Film Director János Szász
November 9 (Saturday) 7 pm


Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky
USSR 1979, 35mm, color, 161 min.
With Aleksandr Kaidanovsky, Anatoly Solonitsyn
Russian with no subtitles

Conceived in an epic form, Tarkovsky’s film represents the peak of the Russian director’s cinematic career, exemplifying what he called a "poetic, philosophical, and spiritual cinema." Two disenchanted intellectuals wish to explore the Zone, a mysterious region at the center of which a room, said to offer knowledge of one’s most secret desires, is located. The men hire a stalker for their guide, whose obsession with the Zone takes on religious and mystical overtones.

Hungarian theater and film director János Szász has gained international acclaim for his distinctive method of blending precise psychological acting with spectacular choreography and scenic design. János Szász returns this season to the American Repertory Theatre to direct Chekov’s Uncle Vanya, a production influenced greatly by Tarkovsky’s Stalker.

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November 21 (Thursday) 7 pm

An Evening with Archivist José Llufrio

In collaboration with the annual meeting of the Association of Moving Image Archivists, Cuban film specialist José Llufrio will present an evening of rarely seen works from the collection of the Havana Film Archive.

Co-sponsored by the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies.

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