A Book About A Film About A Journey to A Room

Book - 2012
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Geoff Dyer, described by the Daily Telegraph as 'possibly the best living writer in Britain', takes on his biggest challenge yet: unlocking the film that has obsessed him all his adult life. Magnificently unpredictable and hilarious (and surely one of the most unusual books ever written about cinema), Zona takes the reader on an enthralling, thought-provoking journey. The ostensible subject of Zona is the film Stalker, by the great Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky. As Dyer immerses us in the movie, it becomes apparent that Stalker is only the point of departure for a wonderfully digressive exploration of cinema, of how we understand our obsessions and of how we try to realise and discover our deepest wishes.
Publisher: Melbourne, Vic. : Text Publishing, 2012.
ISBN: 9781921922060
Branch Call Number: 791.437 DYE
Characteristics: 228 p. ;,20 cm.


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Dec 06, 2015

Dyer rambles on at times, and takes an unwarranted cheap shot at L'Avventura, but I eventually forgave him because the book is fascinating in many places. Worth reading despite the digressions.

Jul 28, 2012

Geoff Dyer summarizes the film, which, if you've seen it, isn't too necessary. Along the way he provides a few quotes from Tarkovsky and others on the film, but mainly rattles on in a smug and self-satisfied way; he gives a strong impression of someone who thinks of himself as quite a wit, and much fun to be around at parties. I'd toss him out on his ear. If you're interested in Tarkovsky, read Sculpting in Time. Or google "Tarkovsky." Or just watch the movie again. (Or Nostalghia, which he repeatedly trashes). The book's a failure: it fails to tell you much of anything new or original about the movie, and for a film he claims he can't get out of his head, he doesn't convey much enthusiasm for it. For Geoff Dyer fans only.

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