Documentary about Giger's work for the movie Alien (1979).

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The Self-Portrait of the Artist
13 November 2006 | by (France) – See all my reviews

Very aware of being part of an important project, the modern artist H.R.Giger made a short film out of his work on the settings and the costumes of Ridley's Scott's classic. As a result, he gives us an essential document focusing on the artistic aspect of movie-making. We are so much used to the standard "making of" concept focused on the director and the actors that we get kind of unsettled by this unusual angle.

So much the better, however! We got a bit tired of those conventional featurettes full of expected self-indulging interviews of stars and movie makers. It's kind of refreshing just to watch the artist working. His own comments just guide us with no pretentious attitude whatsoever. He never tries to "sell" his product either and takes time to explain every details of the process.

Great fun! Very instructive!


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