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.



Total Count: 76


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Verified Ratings: 7
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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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All Critics (76) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (62) | Rotten (14)

  • While it is generally engaging to learn about the influences of the screenwriter Dan O'Bannon or the artistic process of H.R. Giger (who designed the alien), the documentary is at its least fawning when it focuses on technique.

    Oct 4, 2019 | Full Review…
  • It has a complex and rigorously argued set of theses that all come together at the end.

    Oct 4, 2019 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • "Memory: The Origins of 'Alien,'" a well-mounted peek behind the scenes of Ridley Scott's 1979 science-fiction masterpiece, is more interested in what you can see, as well as what you cannot unsee.

    Oct 3, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The result often feels superficial; it is neither a definitive account of the creation of Scott's touchstone of horror and sci-fi, nor a cogent analysis of its aestheticized subtexts, those gritty and unnerving surfaces and the things lurking underneath.

    Oct 2, 2019 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
  • [O]nce the film finishes discussing said scene, it stops dead and dashes for the credits, as if Alien were a movie of one half only. Still, this is an appealing jaunt nonetheless - and a must for Alien enthusiasts.

    Aug 31, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • [A] solemn and enlivening documentary...

    Aug 30, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Phil Hoad

    Top Critic

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