Memory: The Origins of Alien

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Memory - The Origins of Alien offers an entertaining inside look at the making of a classic -- and compellingly analyzes its creation in the context of its era.

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A contemplation on the symbiotic collaborative process of movie-making, the power of myth, and the collective unconscious, Memory: The Origins of Alien unearths the largely untold origin story behind Ridley Scott's cinematic masterpiece, and reveals a treasure trove of never-before-seen materials from the O'Bannon and Giger archives -- including original story notes, rejected designs and storyboards, exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, and Dan's original 29 page script from 1971, titled Memory.

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  • Great and informative entry in the world of 'moviemaking documentaries'. [Full review in Spanish].

    December 9, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Memory: The Origins of Alien is a documentary that goes deeper than most in the genre.

    October 20, 2019 | Rating: 10/10 | Full Review…
  • The second half of "Memory" is solely focused on the infamous alien-creature-bursting-out-of-the-chest-of-Kane (John Hurt) scene. You, know, the one that we have all seen a zillion times over the years.

    October 16, 2019 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
  • ... with that subtitle it is no surprise that a lot of the inspiration for "Alien" came from author Dan O'Bannon's childhood.

    October 15, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • Geeky but not too niche. Heavy but not over our heads. Choppy but never muddled. Appreciative and eager.

    October 15, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Like the masterful film it considers, the weird, haunting, and fascinating Memory is alternately precise and oblique in the ways it conveys its ideas.

    October 10, 2019 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

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