“Bones are bent outward, like he exploded from inside.”

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This is a strategically important shot. It comes right in the middle of the film (0:58:30), finally putting the weight of danger on Ripley’s shoulders. Her importance was gradually developing and accumulating before this scene… to materialize in a perfect visual solution.

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Female sci-fi costumes & sexism in modern cinema

Let’s start at the very end.

Exposing various female body parts is a recurring motif in cinema and science fiction. It’s cheap. But if the movie sucks, how else you attract the guys in cinemas?

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Now let me explain how I came to this…

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