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Memory: The Origins of Alien (2019)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Horror, Sci-Fi | 4 October 2019 (USA)
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An in-depth voyage into the sci-fi film "Alien" with the visionary filmmakers who created it. See how one of the most terrifying movies of all time came to life 40 years ago, inspired by ancient mythology and our universal fears.
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Credited cast:
Bijan Aalam Bijan Aalam ... Self
Tim Boxell Tim Boxell ... Self
Axelle Carolyn ... Self
Veronica Cartwright ... Self
Roger Christian ... Self
Roger Corman ... Self
Mickey Faerch ... Greek-speaking Furie
Henry Jenkins Henry Jenkins ... Self
William Linn William Linn ... Self
Ben Mankiewicz ... Self
Adam Egypt Mortimer Adam Egypt Mortimer ... Self
Shannon Muchow ... Clytemnestra (voice)
Diane O'Bannon ... Self
Rhoda Pell ... Furies
Ivor Powell ... Self


The untold origin story behind Ridley Scott's Alien - rooted in Greek and Egyptian mythologies, underground comics, the art of Francis Bacon, and the dark visions of Dan O'Bannon and H.R. Giger. A contemplation on the symbiotic collaborative process of movie-making, the power of myth, and our collective unconscious. Written by Production

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Before Alien, there was Starbeast. Before Starbeast, there was... Memory.


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Great archival footage and some interviews but ruined by feminist propaganda
5 January 2020 | by brett-syndercombeSee all my reviews

It was quite a moment when the feminist explicitly implied that the aliens are payback for patriarchy, almost like a chest-bursting moment, except in this instance a massive Andrea Dworkin exploding out of her own rectum. I'm sure Francis Bacon would have been able to render that, and Giger too now that I think about it. How this is possible when the lead is played by a female, and one of the victims is female...? Oh well, it was nonesense, like most post-structural argumentation and pontification. But having said that there was a lot to enjoy if you are an admirer of the work. Lots of out-takes and interviews with actual people who were involved with the making of the film. You just need to be able to ignore the "teachers", you know, those who can't do, whom tower over all the poor toilers who created this masterpiece, and dispense their putrid self satisfied BS from their ivory towers - film studies professors and the like. It was easy enough to imagine the smell that the crew needed to tolerate during the chest burster scene, it being strewn about with offal under filming lights for a day, thanks to the presence in the documentary of these harpies.

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4 October 2019 (USA) See more »

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Volterra, Tuscany, Italy See more »


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