Ep 37: “Alien” (1979, Ridley Scott)

April 03, 2018

We dive into Ridley Scott’s sci-fi/horror classic “Alien” and discuss:

  • the symbolism in “Alien”;
  • cinematography, and editing;
  • design;
  • and much more!

‘Alien’ is a C film elevated to an A film, honestly, by it being well done and a great monster. If it hadn’t had that great monster, even with a wonderful cast, it wouldn’t have been as good, I don’t think. – Ridley Scott

Notes & References:
Ridley Scott on making “Alien”
Cinematographer describes filming & lighting “Alien” (and getting ill)
Necronomicon is originally the brainchild of HP Lovecraft
HR Giger’s Necronomicon

All the lights are certainly over the top, but on closer inspection we can see that they did try and give them some functionality. From a functional perspective though these all look indistinguishable at a glance and seem somewhat useless.

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