Archive of films Memory - The Origins of Alien / Memory - The Origins of Alien

2019, 93 min

Section: Out of the Past
Year: 2019

H. P. Lovecraft, ancient mythology, comics, and the latest findings from the world of parasitology. This documentary on the making of the ground-breaking Alien takes a look at the initial inspirations for the film, the complicated process of its creation, and its enduring influence on the genres of sci-fi and horror.


Upon its release, Alien presented a radically different take on what a possible encounter with an alien civilization might look like. The movie ditched the antiseptic environment of clean, brightly lit spaceships for dark corridors full of hissing steam, blood, and slime, while replacing utopian visions of intelligent beings with a gory morality tale of a corporate future. But Scott’s synthetic industrial Gothic didn’t just spring out of thin air. Its inspirations were many, from the paintings of Hieronymus Bosch and Francis Bacon to laboratory experiments on parasitic organisms and forgotten genre films of the 1950s and 1960s, excerpts of which are included in the documentary. This intriguing cinematic essay also presents previously unseen materials from the family archives of screenwriter Dan O’Bannon and artist H. R. Giger.

Nikola Paggio

About the director

Alexandre O. Philippe (Geneva, Switzerland). Selected filmography: Earthlings: Ugly Bags of Mostly Water (2004, doc.), The People vs. George Lucas (2010, doc.), Doc of the Dead (2014, doc.), 78/52 (2017, doc.), Memory – The Origins of Alien (2019, doc.)


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Color, DCP

Section: Out of the Past
Director: Alexandre O. Philippe
Screenplay: Alexandre O. Philippe
Dir. of Photography: Robert Muratore
Music: Jon Hegel
Editor: Chad Herschberger
Producer: Kerry Deignan Roy
Production: Exhibit A Pictures
Coproduction: Screen Division, Milkhauss
Sales: Indie Sales


Alexandre O. Philippe

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