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Cinema & the Arts as Sermons: The Haunting Beauty of 'Tales from the Loop'

Updated: Jul 27, 2023

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The Haunting Beauty of 'Tales from the Loop'

"An exploration of Simon Stålenhag’s masterful worldbuilding artbooks ‘Tales from the Loop’ and ‘Things from the Flood.’ - Buy ‘Tales from the Loop’:

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When I look at just one picture from Simon Stålenhag’s Tales from the Loop, I feel like I’ve watched an entire film. In a single, haunting image, a novel’s worth of narrative seems to play out just below the surface. If you’ve ever seen this art before, you’ve probably experienced this too — even if you didn’t know where it was from. Tales from the Loop and its sequel Things from the flood are worldbuilding projects set in an alternate version of Sweden in the 80s and 90s, in which a gigantic particle accelerator buried beneath the fields and suburbs begins to alter reality in unpredictable ways. Yet the story is so much more than a summary can convey. So, for this entry into the archive, I want to dive deep into the hidden lore of Tales from the Loop — and investigate why this project has struck a chord with myself and so many others. Now, let’s enter the world of Simon Stålenhag, and discover the mysteries of Tales from the Loop." from the video introduction

I have started watching the Amazon series tales from the Loop, looks promising! Watch the movie Stalker if you get the chance (trailer & movie below). I can think of many other movies that have touched on this concept, Annihilation being one. Although this is idea is not new it is seldom replicated or presented in such a way that allows us to suspend our disbelief. Simon Stålenhag's books are otherworldly, he is one of those artists that is truly gifted. Enjoy the article. - Andy

Stalker - Trailer (1979)

"This May at the Film Society, experience the mysteries and revelations of Andrei Tarkovsky’s 1979 science fiction masterpiece in a new digital restoration. Twenty years ago a falling object decimated a provincial Russian town, and those who later went near the crash site—now known as The Zone—disappeared. Access is strictly prohibited, but outsiders can still get in with the help of a “stalker.” Inside The Zone is The Room, within which secret wishes can be granted. Based on the novel Roadside Picnic by the Strugatsky brothers, Stalker is a visually extraordinary and philosophically provocative fable about the limits of knowledge—personal, scientific, and spiritual. New digital restoration by Mosfilm. A Janus Films release. The Film Society of Lincoln Center is devoted to supporting the art and elevating the craft of cinema. The only branch of the world-renowned arts complex Lincoln Center to shine a light on the everlasting yet evolving importance of the moving image, this nonprofit organization was founded in 1969 to celebrate American and international film. Via year-round programming and discussions; its annual New York Film Festival; and its publications, including Film Comment, the U.S.’s premier magazine about films and film culture, the Film Society endeavors to make the discussion and appreciation of cinema accessible to a broader audience, as well as to ensure that it will remain an essential art form for years to come. ( April 20,2017) from video introduction

Stalker (FULL MOVIE) Directed by Andrey Tarkovsky

Video from Mosfilm

"Based on the novel "Roadside Picnic" by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky. The Zone that arose on Earth for unknown reasons attracts attention with inexplicable phenomena that occur there. A rumor has spread that in the center of the Zone there is something that gives a person everything he wants. But staying in the Zone is deadly, and therefore it is strictly guarded. There, each for their own reasons, the Writer and the Professor go, the Stalker leads them to the mysterious center, feeling and understanding the Zone... IMDb rating: 8,1 Year of production: 1979 Directed by: Andrey Tarkovsky Writted by: Strugatsky Boris, Strugatsky Arkady Music: Artemyev Eduard Operator: Knyazhinsky Alexander Production Designer: Andrey Tarkovsky Started: Nikolay Grinko, Anatoly Solonitsyn, Alisa Freindlich, Alexander Kaidanovsky" from video introduction

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