I thought I'd post this to a new thread rather than the comments in the Stalker thread. DrX describes the direction of Tarkovsky in Stalker as Kubrick-esque, and he is absolutely spot on. Both love the long, drawn out, beautiful shot, reminiscent of a painting, rather than a movie. The thing is, they were really of the same generation, and seemingly developed that style independently, which tells me they must had similar influences.
Now, thinking back, what other filmmakers have had that style that both Tarkovsky and Kubrick could have been imitating? Sergio Leone had a tendency of long lingering shots of both the landscape and of close-up faces, but he, too, is of that same generation. It's interesting to think about. Who could have been the influences for these three great directors to develop a style so similar to each other. I'm not too sure. I have some guesses, but what do you guys think? Can you find any interviews or quotes from these guys where they describe their influences?