Ahead of its world premiere at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, we have our first look at Alexandre O. Philippe’s Memory – The Origins of Alien. The new documentary focuses on Ridley Scott’s Alien (1979) including Dan O’Bannon’s original screenplay, H.R. Giger’s haunting creature design, and the lasting impression that can still be seen in cinema today.

 

Alexandre O. Philippe’s previous film 78/52: Hitchcock’s Shower Scene (2017) took a deep dive into the shower scene of Pyscho (1960) and how the infamous scene changed film forever. If you are a fan of Alien or at all interested in how movies shape the world we live in, be sure to keep an eye out for Memory – The Origins of Alien.

From The Press Release:

Alexandre O. Philippe’s documentaries — most recently 78/52, about Hitchcock’s Psycho shower scene — have interrogated cinema’s cultural ripples. If MEMORY – THE ORIGINS OF ALIEN were only a comprehensive account of Alien’s origins — ancient myths, comic books, H.P. Lovecraft, sci-fi movies, and parasitic wasps — it would still be fascinating. But how did Alien lodge itself so indelibly into our cultural imagination? Philippe’s real interest lies in the deep resonance of myths and our collective unconscious. The strange symbiotic collaboration between Aliencreators O’Bannon, Scott, and H.R. Giger suggests a greater synchronicity across history, art, and storytelling, a synchronicity that gives us the Furies, creatures of Renaissance painting, and even chest-bursting aliens.
Propelled by a pure joy of cinema (and sociology), the film is strewn with unearthed archival material, designs, and story notes. It’s safe to say you’ll never think of Alien the same way again.
Memory – The Origins Of Alien will celebrate it’s world premiere at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival January 24 where it has also been selected as the opening night midnight film. Are you looking forward to seeing Alexandre O. Philippe’s new documentary? Will you be attending the world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival? Let us know on Twitter, in the official NOFS Subreddit, or over at the Horror Movie Fiend Club on Facebook!
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