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Fairy Tale Factors

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Writers for film and television have made use of free, public-domain myths and fairy tales in their work both as loose and faithful adaptations, as well as an endless source of influence for otherwise original storytelling. Although the sci-fi action adventure film Aliens (USA/UK, 1986)1 credits twentieth-century writers James Cameron, David Giler, and Walter Hill for its story and Dan O’Bannon and Ronald Shusett for its characters, omitting the nineteenth-century Grimm Brothers and the seventeenth-century Charles Perrault and Giambattista Basile from its credit list, Walter Rankin points out numerous tie-ins of fairy tales to the film:

As the film opens, the camera pans to the lone survivor of Ridley ...

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