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Memory - The Origins of Alien

Status : Completed

Country : USA

Originale Title : Memory - The Origins of Alien

Year : 2019

Language : English

Domestic Release :

Genre : Documentary

Runtime : 93 min


In 2019, Ridley Scott’s Alien will celebrate the 40th Anniversary of its theatrical release.

Memory reveals the chilling, untold origins of Ridley Scott’s cinematic masterpiece Alien, rooted in Greek and Egyptian mythologies, underground comics, parasitology, H.P. Lovecraft’s weird fiction, the art of Francis Bacon, and the symbiotic genius of Dan O’Bannon (writer), H.R. Giger (designer), and, of course, Ridley Scott.

Discover a treasure trove of unreleased materials from the O’Bannon and Giger estates, including original story notes, rejected designs and storyboards, sketches and concept art, behind-the-scenes photographs and footage, and Dan O’ Bannon’s never-before-seen, original 29-page script from 1971, titled ‘Memory’.

A fitting and long-overdue tribute to the man who started it all, Memory boldly goes where no film essay has gone before, to deliver an entrancingly cinematic and wholly original take on one of Hollywood’s most beloved and iconic shockers.




Written & Directed by Alexandre O.Philippe ( 78/52: Hitchcock's Shower Scene – Sundance 2017, Doc of the Dead – SXSW 2014)

Selected interviews:
Veronica Cartwright - Actor, Alien
Tom Skerritt - Actor, Alien
Ronald Shusett - Co-Writer, Alien
Roger Christian - Art Director, Alien
Terry Rawlings - Editor, Alien
Ivor Powell - First AD, Alien
Roger Corman - Horror Icon
Diane O’Bannon – Dan O’Bannon’s widow

Carmen Giger – H.R. Giger’s widow


“Rich and deep”

“Finds the hypnotic meaning in its horror”


“A highly- entertaining slither around the creation myths of the 1979 cinema classic.”