Alien: Brett's death scene references "The Adventures of Tintin and The Cigars of the Pharaoh" by Hergé, as published in La Petit Vingtieme #4, January 1933 ?


Page from "Les Adventures de Tintin: Les Cigars du Pharaon" (1933)

a) Tintin is looking for his dog Milou/Snowy who has got away as they entered an Egyptian tomb.

In Alien, Brett searches for Jones the cat in the garage.

Tintin finds an umbrella, a discarded tail coat and shirt cuffs a man he is also looking for hanging from an Anubis statue

In Alien, Brett finds on the ground the shedded skin of the chestburster



See also: Alien: treasure room temple environment



b.i) Into the leg room

Tintin enters the next chamber through the very tall doorway continuing to look for Milou/Snowy the dog.

The comparative scene where Brett searches for Jones the cat in the garage, designed with Ridley Scott's intentions that it look reminiscent of an Egyptian treasure room, and so he enters through the tall doors leading into another chamber.




Page from "Les Adventures de Tintin: Les Cigars du Pharaon" (1933)


b.ii) Chris Foss used the scene for a repair vehicle illustration
As it would appear, the Chris Foss used the page for ideas for his Waldo-like repair vehicle for the spacecraft that would be known as the Nostromo. He would imagine the trails of gases as streaming water, and the hallucination of the pharoah would be transformed into his waldo repair vehicle, with the sarcophagus from the previous panel being used as an idea for an entrance door.

 


b.iii) Brett's death storyboard

Then it would appear as if Ridley Scott found out about how they were using the Tintin comic books, and decided to look at one of the scenes showing a drug induced hallucination, that appears to have caught artist's imagination over time, and so decided to translate it into the scene of Brett's death

I believe that he started using it amongst a few other pieces of artwork by other artists as reference for an early storyboard featuring Brett's death, with the pharaoh becoming the alien beast.


The Tintin illustration reversed next to Ridley Scott's storyboard reversed


b.iv) Tintin being gassed turns into Brett enjoying the water raining down?

Thinking about Brett's death scene as it would be filmed. The streams of gases abstractly become pouring water, and instead of being drugged like Tintin, Brett enjoys a shower





b.v)  The hallucination of Tintin in his sarcophagus becomes Brett walking into the idol landing leg room, with the sarcophagus becoming the landing leg suspended in the air.




The Claw (images taken from the film and merged on Photoshop)


b.vi) The hallucination of the pharaoh becomes the alien beast grabbing Brett. 

Since its lower body appears to be absent , it could be imagined to have come out from another part of the picture


The Pharaoh reaching down from above Tintin looking as if he could snatch him becomes the Alien, although showing the scene from the final film would make it difficult to show the comparison. Perhaps the Tintin illustration makes it look as if the Pharoah was somehow getting into Tintin's mind, and here we have the alien beast mesmerising Brett.

Tintin panel and photo from Alien

See also: Alien:Claw room: temple environment

c)  Cigar box transformed into a vehicle in the garage
With that, since in Alien, the chamber when Brett is killed is connected to the garage, perhaps the box of cigars abstract becomes part of a vehicle, and the cigars become the large shells on an abstract vehicle.

It would have been a case of using anything that could be seen in the illustrations that grabs the imagination in some way as a basis for a design no matter how abstract it might seem.

(I'll just observe that the brand of cigars labeled Flor Fina look almost a little like the name of the planet Fiorina in Alien 3)


Hallucination scene with cigars

Vehicle with large missile shapes on trailer

The vehicle a top part that slopes inwards at the side with a row of circles, and the lower part t

has sides that slop inwards near the top and at the top is slopes inwards downwards with a row of circular structures as if the circle on the inside lid has been multiplied.

The lower part slopes inwards upwards


See also: Alien: treasure room temple environment

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