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Thanks, John.

Stalker has always made me feel slightly off-kilter. Since you have demonstrated quite a bit of knowledge about film and film making in the podcasts I’ve listened to so far, maybe you can answer a question: Why does the shot of Stalker and his wife in bed at the start of the film look like we’re about to be sucked into an alternate reality? Is it the focal length of the lens? Is the set vibrating (the scene features a train rumbling by)?

Have you read Zona: A Book About a Film About a Journey to a Room by Geoff Dyer?

I’m really enjoying your podcast and both of your perspectives on media, culture, and beyond. Sorry for derailing Hypernormalisation with Tarkovsky talk.