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Alien,  1979,  Directed  by  Ridley  Scott.


Cast  &  Crew    


Directed  by  Ridley  Scott       Produced  by  Gordon  Carroll,  David  Giler,  Walter  Hill     Screenplay  by  Dan  O'Bannon,    David  Giler  (uncredited)Walter  Hill  (uncredited)       Story  by  Dan  O'Bannon,  Ronald  Shusett     Starring  Tom  Skerritt,  Sigourney  Weaver,  Veronica  Cartwright  Harry  Dean   Stanton,  John  Hurt  Ian  Holm,  Yaphet  Kotto     Music  by  Jerry  Goldsmith     Cinematography  by  Derek  Vanlint  

  Alien  is  a  1979  USA  science  fiction  horror  film  directed  by  Ridley  Scott.   The  film's  title  refers  to  its  primary  antagonist:  a  highly  aggressive   extra-­‐terrestrial  creature,  which  stalks  and  kills  the  crew  of  a   spaceship.  Dan  O'Bannon  wrote  the  screenplay  from  a  story  by  he  and   Ronald  Shusett,  drawing  influence  from  previous  works  of  science   fiction  and  horror.  The  titular  Alien  and  its  accompanying  elements   were  designed  by  Swiss  surrealist  artist  H.  R.  Giger,  while  concept   artists  Ron  Cobb  and  Chris  Foss  designed  the  human  aspects  of  the  film.   (Wikipedia).    

R.  even  thirty  years  later.  Derek  Malcolm  reviewing  it  on  release    in  1979.  such  as  Ripley  getting  undressed.     In  complete  contrast.  Giger’s  designs  were   changed  several  times  because  of  their  blatant  sexuality.  motherhood  and  sex  in  quite  outrageous  ways”.   which  is  extremely  interesting  given  that  many  women  feel  that  she   is.  conceptual  artist  H.  the  android  erupting  in  a   creamy  white  mess.   The  plot  is  simple.  felt   that  “There's  not  enough  writing  for  proper  characterisation.  Ellen  Ripley.  a  linear  storyline  where  the  characters  are  killed   off  one  by  one.    Very  little  of  the  script  was  changed  for  her.    However  it  could  be  argued  that  the  audience   would  quickly  become  confused  with  a  complex  plot  as  the  narrative   would  become  lost  among  the  fast  pace  and  audio-­‐visual  effects.  but  she  is  still  quite   androgynous  as  a  character.  is  a  part  that  was  originally   written  for  a  male  actor.    BBC   reviewer  Jamie  Russell  describes  Giger  “obsessively  toying  with   themes  of  birth.    This  is  a  refreshing  change  from  the   romantic  angle  many  films  take.    The  masculinity  of  the  part  is  softened  with  hints  of   femininity.  an  unusually  strong  role  model  for  women   in  film.  or  the  womb-­‐like  control  room  of  the  ship's   onboard  computer  (appropriately  named  'Mother')”  (Russell  2003).     There  are  certainly  enough  clues  given  about  the  nature  of  the   characters  for  the  viewer  to  feel  slightly  smug  when  they  are  killed.      Fig  1&2     The  main  protagonist.  not   enough  plot  development  for  the  mind  as  well  as  the  senses  to  bite   on”(Malcolm  1979).       Alien  scriptwriter  Dan  O'Bannon  argues  that  the  film  functions  as  a   metaphorical  dramatization  of  the  male  fear  of  penetration….  and   suggests  that  the  viewer  could  “tick  off  the  Freudian  nightmares  that   include  the  phallic-­‐shaped  xenomorph.  the  oral   invasion  of  Hurt's  character  was  'payback'  for  all  those  horror  films  in   .

   Alien  has  very  different   values.  Starwars  was  a  clean-­‐cut  family  orientated   film  enjoyed  by  children  as  well  as  adults.   .     Fig  5   An  interesting  comparison  to  Alien  is  the  movie  Star  Wars  (1977).which  sexually  vulnerable  women  were  terrorised  by  rampaging  male   monsters    (Kermode.  adult  and  unsettling”  (Russell   2003).  such  as  the  computer   whispering  “turbulence”  when  the  ship  starts  to  shake.  Russell  maintains  that  Alien  is  “  a  seminal  example  of  science   fiction  cinema  at  its  most  intelligent.      To  avoid  audience   confusion  there  are  clues  to  the  effects.      Although  having  similar  concepts   of  space  and  spaceships.   which  was  made  two  years  earlier.     Fig  4     The  set  production  featured  all  the  staples  of  space  movies  with  an   abundance  of  flashing  lights.  2003).    The  special  effects  team  worked  hard  to  combine  intricate   structural  models  and  organic  waste  products  to  create  a  fully   believable  Space  setting  and  alien  world.  ·  Russell  does  not  pick  up  on  that  but   does  say.  “it  reworks  the  sexual  anxiety  of  the  slasher  movie  with   startling  efficiency”  (Russell  2003).  computer  beeps  and  industrial  piping   and  wires.

com/page/14   [accessed  on  01/11/11]     Fig  4  –  the  “mother”  control  room   Fig  5  –  the  Ship  and  Spacesuits   http://www.  M  (2003)  Alien  Review  for  the  Observer  online  at[accessed  on  01/11/11]               .uk/film/2009/oct/13/derek-­‐malcolm-­‐ alien-­‐review[accessed  on  01/11/11]­‐on-­‐blu-­‐ray-­‐the-­‐alien-­‐ anthology/  [accessed  on  01/11/11]       References­‐characters   [accessed  on  01/11/11]     Fig  3  –  Ellen  Ripley   [accessed  on  01/11/11]  J  (2003)  Review:  Alien  Directors  Cut  for  The  BBC  online   at  [accessed  on  01/11/11]     Fig  2  –  Ellen  Ripley  http://www.  D  (1979)  Alien  Review  for  the  Guardian  (2009)  online  at   http://www.eatmyzombie.   Illustrations     Fig  1  –  promotional  poster  online   http://www.

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