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This episode, we do a Storylines-style deep-dive analysis of ALIEN, the great 70’s sci-fi horror film. Find out about ALIEN’s clean and symmetric three-act structure, with one of the best midpoints in all of cinema and a final act that combines some of the best tools of the suspense writer. But ALIEN is also a great example of 70’s gritty realism, even though it’s set in a spaceship.

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