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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Critic Reviews for Memory: The Origins of Alien

All Critics (38) | Top Critics (10) | Fresh (30) | Rotten (8)

  • [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)
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  • [A] solemn and enlivening documentary...

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

    Phil Hoad

    Guardian
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  • Thanks to 20th Century Fox's rich archives and the quality of the DVD extras, there is not much in 'Memory' that warrants its claim to be the 'untold' story of its origin.

    Aug 23, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Dan Jolin

    Time Out
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  • ...what Philippe's documentary traces is the way in which Alien transforms the perverted (pro)creative process at the heart of its own making into the main theme and central mystery of its ongoing story.

    Aug 20, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Memory is most valuable for its fresh recontextualization of Alien in the same feminist air space as Kramer vs. Kramer and Manhattan, films that vibrate with late-'70s family panic.

    Feb 8, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • It doesn't just remind you that Alien is a masterpiece but details how it got that way and why it continues to haunt us.

    Feb 5, 2019 | Full Review…

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