Memory: The Origins of Alien

In its time, Alien offered a radically different view of how an encounter with extraterrestrial civilization could turn out. Antiseptic environments of polished spacecraft were replaced by darkened nooks full of escaping steam, blood and slime, while utopian images of intelligent beings changed for the butcher morality of the corporate future. However, G. G. Scott’s synthetic industrial Gothic was not born out of anything – there was a lot of inspiration from Hieronymus Bosch’s and Francis Bacon’s paintings through laboratory researches on parasitic organisms to forgotten genre films of the 1950s and 1960s that you will see examples from. This documentary essay will also present yet unpublished family archives of screenwriter Dan O’Bannon and artist H. R. Giger.

original Memory: The Origins of Alien
director Alexandre O. Philippe
cast Dan O’Bannon, Ridley Scott, H.R. Giger, John Hurt, Terry Rawlings
year 2019
runtime 93 min.
country USA
format BluRay
language English with Czech subtitles
trailer YouTube

 

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