Dark star

Dark star

H.R. Giger's world

Streaming Video - 2015 | German
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Surrealist artist H. R. Giger (1940-2014) terrified audiences with his Oscar-winning monsters in Ridley Scott's Alien. Sci-fi, horror, music, album covers, tattoos and fetish art have been influenced by his dark, intricate paintings and sculptures depicting birth, death and sex. Both a mesmerizing introduction to Giger's oeuvre and a must-see for Giger devotees, Belinda Sallin's definitive documentary Dark Star: H.R. Giger's World shares the intimate last years of the artist's life and reveals how deeply he resided within his own artistic visions. Behind the shuttered windows and ivy-covered walls of his residence in Zurich, Switzerland, Dark Star brings viewers into Giger's mysterious realm: from the first skull he was given by his father at the age of six, to macabre dinner parties with his close-knit team, to the grisly souvenirs from his time spent on the Alien set and reminiscences about model Li Tobler, Giger's one-time muse, whose suicide reverberates throughout his work.
Publisher: [United States] : Icarus Films : Made available through hoopla, 2015
Branch Call Number: eVIDEO
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (ca. 95 min.)) : sd., col
Additional Contributors: Sallin, Belinda
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May 26, 2018

Directed by Belinda Sallin in 2014, this 80-minute Swiss documentary delves into the life and the works of surrealist-artist Hans Ruedi Giger.
Giger discusses some of his early inspirations.
He died shortly after production ended.
Supposedly the film depicts H.R. Ginger's hellscapes and he seemed like a troubled mind.
His works and world, however, appear disgustingly beautiful and fascinatingly interesting.

May 15, 2018

Instead of being a joyous celebration of the life and artwork of H.R. Giger, the man who (in 1979) had created "Alien" (SyFy's most hideously awesome monster of all)..... "Dark Star" was truly a sad, pathetic, and oppressively suffocating film documenting the final year of Giger's life as he was obviously deteriorating both physically and, especially, mentally.

It was almost horrifying to see that Giger had become so utterly consumed (in an unbalanced way) by his own artwork and that the stifling interior of his home in Switzerland represented that of the inside of a decrepit crypt of a hording pack-rat.

Yes. I do fully respect Giger as being the gifted illustrator who created "Alien" - But this documentary's uncomfortable ambiance gave me the creeps. From start to finish - It had squalor, oppressiveness, and death clearly written all over it.

And, with that - I totally resent director, Belinda Sallin for presenting Giger in the disrespectful way that she did (as a doddering, old kook) in this truly repulsive presentation.

*Note* - In 2014 - Hans Rudolf Giger (70 at the time) died from a fall sustained in the hospital.

Radharc Jun 09, 2016

This documentary is a nice glimpse into the life of Swiss surrealist H.R.Giger, with the bulk of footage shot shortly before his untimely death in 2014. The film seamlessly mixes "present-day" footage with other footage from the 70s and 80s. Interesting to me is that Giger's agent is Leslie Barany, who stars in the must-see short film "The Centrifuge Brain Project" and also learning that one of Giger's personal assistants in the former front man of proto-black metal band Celtic Frost. RECOMMENDED.

real_thing Dec 22, 2015

Not my cup of tea or milk . U like art WATCH THIS

Castlespooktacular Sep 08, 2015

This was a very thought provoking glimpse into Gigers world. Amazing what he had accomplished in his lifetime! RIP


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