VIENNA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: OCTOBER 25 – NOVEMBER 8, 2018

Alien

V' 12

Alien

Ridley Scott
USA/GB, 1979
117min, OF

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Alien

Ridley Scott
USA/GB, 1979
, 117min, OF

Cast: 
Sigourney Weaver
Ripley
Tom Skerritt
Dallas
Ian Holm
Ash
Harry Dean Stanton
Brett
John Hurt
Kane
Veronica Cartwright
Lambert
Screenplay: 
Dan O’Bannon
Ronald Shusett
Sound: 
Jim Shields
Derrick Leather
Camera: 
Derek Vanlint
Editor: 
Terry Rawlings
Peter Weatherley
Composer: 
Jerry Goldsmith
Decoration: 
Michael Seymour
Costume: 
John Mollo

Production: 
Twentieth Century Fox Productions, Brandywine Productions
Format: 
35 mm
Color

Two years after Spielberg’s pacifist aliens in CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND, Ridley Scott, then a director of advertising clips, countered by presenting a bio-mechanical beast from outer space designed by Swiss artist Hans Ruedi Giger and simply called “Alien”. On an alien planet, a spider-like creature sucks on to John Hurt’s face. The human body thus becomes the breeding ground of a worm-type monster. The sexless monster from an alien world grows incessantly and decimates the crew of the cargo spaceship Nostromo ruthlessly. The android on board, played by Ian Holm, admiringly refers to the alien as a perfect organism. However, the film hardly ever shows the monster at all. Instead, our imagination goes haywire. Only Sigourney Weaver, at the beginning of her career, is able to cope with the monster.

Please be aware that the 0 a.m. screening at the Gartenbaukino will take place in the night between October 28 and 29.