Reviews for ‘Memory: The Origins of Alien’

“Fans of ‘Alien’ rejoice!”
– James Verniere, Boston Herald

“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.”
Sundance Film Festival

“An essential, bracing piece of movie scholarship.”
– Owen Gleiberman, Variety

“A rich and diverting piece of film scholarship.”
– Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times

“‘Memory: The Origins of Alien’ is one of the best documentaries about a single film that I’ve seen.”
– Matt Zoller Seitz,

“Endlessly fascinating… to see how many books, films, comics, paintings, and more influenced Alien is astonishing.”
– Germain Lussier, io9


FRI, OCT 25 – TUE, OCT 29

2019 • dir Alexandre O. Philippe w/Veronica Cartwright, Roger Christian, Roger Corman, Henry Jenkins, Ben Mankiewicz, Diane O’Bannon, Ivor Powell, Terry Rawlings, Carmen Scheifele-Giger, Gary Sherman, Ronald Shusett, Tom Skerritt, Clarke Wolfe • 95 min • DCP

Just as he did for Psycho in 78/52: Hitchcock’s Shower Scene, writer/director Alexandre O. Philippe dissects, unpacks, examines, and otherwise reveals-all about a pivotal sequence in Ridley Scott’s Alien – the infamous ‘chest-burster’ scene. Philippe uses a wealth of clips, behind-the-scenes footage, and artwork, as well as both archival and new interviews with cast, crew, experts, and others close to the production (including the widows of integral creatives Dan O’Bannon and H.R. Giger) to fascinating effect. Reaching beyond the usual suspects, MEMORY makes connections between the scene (and the whole Alien series) and Francis Bacon, pulp comics, Joseph Campbell, H.P. Lovecraft, parasitic wasps, Egyptian mythology, and, most especially, Aeschylus – whose vision of the Furies from The Oresteia serves as a thread throughout the work.

Staff Pick: Rachel, Alissa, Casey

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Friday 10/25
at 10:00 PM
Saturday 10/26
at 9:30 PM
Sunday 10/27
at 9:30 PM
Monday 10/28
at 5:30 PM
Tuesday 10/29
at 8:30 PM

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