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Alien Autopsy - Das All zu Gast bei Freunden (Alien Autopsy)
Germany/U.K. 2006

Opening 16 Nov 2006

Directed by: Jonny Campbell
Writing credits: William Davies
Principal actors: Declan Donnelly, Ant McPartlin, Bill Pullman, Harry Dean Stanton, Omid Djalili

Ray (Declan Donnelly) and Gary (Anthony McPartlin) fly from England to the U.S. to investigate material about the life of Elvis. They return home with material about a mysterious autopsy of an alien in Roswell, New Mexico, USA – mysterious because the U.S. military has kept the info under wraps since 1947 and only the former photographer, now an old man, could sell them a spare copy of the film. Surprisingly they didn’t buy the Brooklyn Bridge, because anyone could sell Ray and Gary anything; there is nothing on film, specifically not any autopsy of any alien. Their reputation is on the line. They make a counterfeit version of the event, good enough to fool millions of people when their “top secret” was leaked in 1995. This is supposedly a true story. Whether you believe it or not (I didn’t), it is fun to see them set up the “alien” under wraps in the kitchen, don space suits for the “operation,” and watch granny interrupt the filming to pass out cookies. This is a comical film about amateurs making a film, comical if you like British humor. I can imagine director Jonny Campbell sitting with his cohorts over beer and peanuts, discussing weird characters, such as a crazy art dealer (Götz Otto), and writing a script for 13-year-old boys who will probably be the most enthusiastic viewers. (Becky Tan)

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