Très beau et bon dossier sur l’esthétique des couloirs dans les films de science-fiction ! Au programme 2001, Alien, Dune et même Silent Running !
In praise of the sci-fi corridor - Den of Geek
The designs that Roger Christian synthesised from Ron Cobb’s prolific and extraordinary conceptual sketches for Alien (1979) are lingered over lovingly at the start of the movie. Ridley Scott knows that corridors matter in a horror (or ’haunted house’) movie, but these marvellous sets are also being showcased to sell the gritty and grimy, commercial and industrial reality of the Nostromo as well. The upper sections related to the command deck were dirtied down with gold and black paint after a reshuffle of sections in order to convey the grittier world inhabited and Parker and Brett on the engineering level.
What a contrast is to come, as we enter the bone-ridden and gruesome imagination of H.R. Giger, and the skeletal corridor leading to the space-jockey inside the alien derelict. Dank, dark and positively dripping, there’s something quite Victorian about this section of set; with the cantilevered arches finishing off in boney protrusions, it’s like being inside some dank and rotten musical instrument...