Film #26: DARK STAR - H. R. Giger's World
Dark Star: H. R. Giger’s World
3 out of 5 stars
Filmed a few short months before his death, this well-made documentary on the life of artist H.R. Giger is a bittersweet thing. On one hand, there are some fascinating archival footage of The Master at work, footage of him on the set of ALIEN, and images of paintings and ideas during all phases of their completion. On the other hand, a lot of the more recent footage features a weakened, post-stroke Giger and it’s pretty heartbreaking. Still, any chance to get a peek into how an artist works is a welcome one. I will admit though that my thoughts kept wandering to things *other* than art while watching this film. Seeing Giger shuffling around his home, watching him struggle to sign autographs… my thoughts wandered more toward mortality and the bleak landscape of the Afterlife - which, in a way, is fitting given Giger’s work and the themes he addressed. In the end, DARK STAR is a fascinating (albeit a tad depressing) viewing especially if you love Giger’s work.