Full Trailer for Enthralling 'Memory: The Origins of Alien' Documentary

August 27, 2019
Source: YouTube

Memory: The Origins of Alien Trailer

"They were all thinking about this as more than a science fiction adventure in the future." Screen Media Films has debuted an official trailer for the movemaking documentary Memory: The Origins of Alien, a clever, fascinating behind-the-scenes documentary looking back at this seminal sci-fi horror classic (first released in 1979). This doc premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, and it's finally opening (in theaters + VOD) in October. From Swiss doc director Alexandre O. Philippe (The People vs. George Lucas, Doc of the Dead, 78/52), this film tells the untold origin story behind Ridley Scott's Alien - rooted in Greek and Egyptian mythologies, underground comics, the art of Francis Bacon, and the dark visions of Dan O'Bannon and H.R. Giger. A "contemplation" on the symbiotic collaborative process of movie-making, the power of myth, and our collective unconscious. This is not your usual doc, it explores the creation of this sci-fi film in a remarkable and captivating way - by examining the mythos & the big ideas behind its inception.

Official trailers (+ poster) for Alexandre O. Philippe's doc Memory: The Origins of Alien, on YouTube:

Memory: The Origins of Alien Poster

A contemplation on the symbiotic collaborative process of moviemaking, the power of myth, and the collective unconscious, Memory: The Origins of Alien unearths the largely untold origin story behind Ridley Scott's cinematic masterpiece, and reveals a treasure trove of never-before-seen materials from the O’Bannon and Giger archives – including original story notes, rejected designs and storyboards, exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, and Dan’s original 29 page script from 1971, titled Memory. Bridging the ancient world with Ridley Scott’s complex futuristic universe through a mix of distinctly low-fi VHS aesthetic and stunning 4k Cinemascope aspect ratio footage, Memory boldly goes where no film essay has gone before, to deliver a revealing and wholly original take on one of Hollywood's most beloved and iconic shockers. Memory: The Origins of Alien is directed by Swiss filmmaker Alexandre O. Philippe, of the docs The People vs. George Lucas, The Life & Times of Paul the Psychic Octopus, Doc of the Dead, 78/52: Hitchcock's Shower Scene previously. This premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. Screen Media will debut Memory: The Origins of Alien in select theaters + on VOD starting October 4th. You in?

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No, it was not that profound, it was more of atmospheric story how deeply the capital can be alien to human suffering on its way to grab more and more ...

shiboleth on Aug 27, 2019


Awhile ago I was meandering around Switzerland and came upon a chateau a family member recommended I visit. Lo and behold this chateau held within it the HR Giger Museum! Such a cool little find.

DAVIDPD on Aug 27, 2019


Sure, behind the scene stuff is always fun to watch. Hope it comes around to cable and I'll watch it.

thespiritbo on Aug 27, 2019


I feel like this is reaching a bit. I've already seen "The Beast Within" that went BTS regarding the origin of how it came to be (which was very interesting and well done and you can watch on YouTube here: but this feels like they're inventing subversive and pseudo "reasoning" at this point. Yes the film is classic, yes it spawned a pretty cool franchise, yes Ridley Scott was a genius. Just appreciate it for what it did and was and leave it that. It's a bit much at this point.

THE_RAW_ on Aug 28, 2019

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