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 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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Purchased by fan owned entertainment company, Legion M, at Sundance Film Festival in 2019. It's the first time a film has been chosen using the Legion M exclusive program, Film Scout. See more »

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There is a shorter 58 minute version that is sold internationally to TV broadcasters. See more »


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Fascinating, insightful.
27 December 2019 | by tsodeSee all my reviews

Please be skeptical of reviewers who can't spell, or who appear to be "triggered" by any political discussion in film theory.

As a lifelong fan of Alien, who has seen every single documentary ever made, and read every single book about this film, "Memory: The Origins of Alien" is a truly excellent retrospective of this classic piece of history.

It is packed with fresh information about the film, it's creators, and it's underlying themes.

For context: 95% of the documentary focuses specifically on the journey of the films creation. So if that's your motivation, I think there's plenty here for you to enjoy. And to that end, a generous selection of the creative talent behind it's inception are interviewed here - from Ron Shusett, to Roger Christian to Veronica Cartwright and several more.

The remaining portion is devoted to speculation around the film's "window into the collective subconscious" of society in 1979 - why it both appealed to, and shocked, the audiences of the day. What it said about us as a society - and continues to say. Credit is given to it's use of a female heroine, in an era when the film industry greatly objectified women. While a similar portion looks at the potential meaning behind how shots are staged and framed. As well as the dynamics of how a group of blue collar working class "space truckers" are depicted, and how they deal with their "expendability".

This documentary therefore serves as both a fresh "making of" (even dispelling several myths about the production perpetuated by previous documentaries - and adding several facts even I had never heard about before!). And an intelligent speculative discussion about why Alien continues to resonate, over 40 years after its release.

I cannot imagine why a true fan of the film, who appreciates cinema and science fiction for more than mere gore and thrills, wouldn't find this essential viewing and a valuable addition to their Alien collection.

I went into it with low expectations based on some of the inasane rantings here on IMDB. And I was pleasantly surprised.


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4 October 2019 (USA) See more »

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Memory: The Origins of Alien See more »

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Volterra, Tuscany, Italy See more »


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