Alien Scene-by-Scene

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John David Ebert is a cultural critic and the author of fourteen books, including "Apocalypse Now Scene-by-Scene," "Star Wars Scene-by-Scene," "The Shining Scene-by-Scene," "Giant Humans, Tiny Worlds: Adventures in the Universe of Graphic Novels" (Create Space 2014), "Post-Classic Cinema" (Create Space, 2013); "The New Media Invasion: Digital Technologies and the World They Unmake" (McFarland, 2011) and "Dead Celebrities, Living Icons: Tragedy and Fame in the Age of the Multimedia Superstar" (Praeger, 2010). He has a series of videos and audio albums on various philosophers posted on YouTube, Google Play and two websites: and

Alien Scene-by-Scene

Authored by John David Ebert

In this new book by cultural critic John David Ebert, the 1979 classic science fiction film Alien, directed by Ridley Scott, is analyzed in a scene-by-scene breakdown. Ebert introduces the concept of the "metaphysical vulva" as a counter concept to Lacan's "phallus" as the film's central hidden signifier. Ebert demonstrates that the film concerns a battle for possession of this "metaphysical vulva" by two separate sign regimes: that of the scientific-industrial complex, which wishes to use it for cloning, genetic engineering and the creation of artificial life; and that of the more ancient, mythic (and biomorphic) "Gigerian" sign regime of Titans, Furies and serpent monsters repressed by the techno-industrial regime during the rise of the metaphysical age. The crew of the Nostromo inadvertently stumble upon the very underworld of the mythic-matriarchal consciousness to which Olympian gods such as Zeus or Apollo banished the Titans and Furies of the matrilineal sign regime by deprivileging it as it constructed the great signifiers of the logocentric / metaphysical era that led to the development of ever higher and more advanced forms of technology. Ebert explores all of these themes and more in this intricate analysis of Ridley Scott's Alien.

Publication Date:
1517214246 / 9781517214241
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Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
6" x 9"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Performing Arts / Film & Video / History & Criticism

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