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Movie: Alien

Release Year: 1979

Studio: 20th Century Fox

Director: Ridley Scott

Starring: Tom Skerritt as Dallas, Sigourney Weaver as Ripley, Veronica Cartwright as Lambert, Harry Dean Stanton as Brett, John Hurt as Kane, Ian Holm as Ash and Yaphet Kotto as Parker

Cinematographer: Derek Vanlint (Dragonslayer) [Alien was one of only four films Vanlint served as cinematographer]

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I love what Scott does with this emergency helmet, playing the screen of the Nostromo as it comes to life off of it, almost giving the helmet life.
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Outside of any other shot of Ash in the film, this is probably my favorite and probably my favorite shot in the film. The master at the controls.
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You’ll get to know this guy’s friends a little more soon enough.
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After seeing Prometheus perhaps you could work up a metaphor for the thin layer of blue smoke that separates Kane from the eggs below.
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I only included this one beecause I think this is just a masterful prop and so convincing in its seeming authenticity.
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The way the water drips on Brett’s hat before we ever know what the sound is really works leading up to this scene.
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I hate when directors depend on cats for jump scares, but without Jonesy this film simply wouldn’t be the same. In fact, most of the crew may have actually survived.
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Something about the profile shot of Veronica Cartwright here is just cool to me opposite the stern face of Sigourney Weaver
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