Memory was a script that Dan O’Bannon started in 1971, abruptly hitting a wall at page 29. But after the idea gestated for several years, it ultimately took the form of Ridley Scott’s masterpiece Alien.
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Rabbit-hole essay on the mythical/sociopolitical resonances of ALIEN, doubling as tribute to screenwriter Dan O'Bannon and recounting of its production history; as fascinating as it is frustrating, since it keeps skipping without ever settling.
As a self professed 'Alien' buff I was amazed at the amount of new information Philippe had gathered in this revealing documentary about the genesis of the film and its making. The early going concentrates on Dan O'Bannon and is an illuminating look at inspiration, creativity and appropriation. Fascinating.
An illuminating exposé of the connections between an iconic film and the socio-cultural and artistic context in which it was made, celebrating both the ecstasy of influence at a narrative level and the stunning visionary style of H.R. Giger (but also Francis Bacon), through the lenses of Dan O'Bannon, the catalyst. I could watch ten, twelve hours of this.