Cinema: Alien Nation


Directed and Written by

Andrzej Zulawski

In Europe they take their movies seriously. Even—no, especially—the silly ones.

It is not enough for a cineast just to make a horror picture about a young woman who literally gives birth to her nightmares, then copulates with the beast. The film must also be an up-front metaphor for the cosmic anomie of Western civ, and, to boot, a bilious satire on the smugness of the nuclear family.

This French-West German co-production was filmed in English in 1981 by a Polish emigre and stars an Australian (Sam Neill),...

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