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While Alphaville is by no means a conventional sci-fi film, Jean-Luc Godard creates a witty, noir-ish future all his own.
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It's so archly intellectual that you fear it might splinter if you poke it in the ribs. It's also endlessly playful in its worship of American movie tropes, and deeply resourceful.
Nothing about this strange, moving work of agit-pop has ever seemed out of date. If anything, "Alphaville" moves closer to relevance with every passing year.
A bracing salute to American gangster pics, with a jumpy European post-war uncertainty thrown in.
Despite its age it's that rare science fiction film that doesn't seem to have dated at all.
It's one of the great cinematic works of romanticism, as well as a sort of filmed revelation of the very essence of science-fiction movies and German silent classics -- their blend of social critique, emotional liberation, and paranoia.
No movie, not even Breathless, better exemplifies the syncretic quality of Godard's early genius.
Godard whips this peculiar mélange of cinematic influences and invention into a work that is stimulating, stylish, and irresistible.
Always something strangely individualistic, utterly contemporary, and yet for all that, riddled with déjà vu, cultural echo chambers, a kind of deliberately outmoded sleight-of-hand.
Both derivative and prophetic, this New Wave dystopian fable both looks back at the history of cinema and forward to its future. Hail, Lemmy Caution, father of Rick Deckard.
Science fiction meets film noir in a way that made possible the existence of Blade Runner, The Terminator and countless other books and films.
Although this is drastically different compared to the rest of Godard's oeuvre, it has without a doubt had a lasting impact with its ground-breaking visuals.
One of [Godard's] most entertaining movies is also one of his most timeless.
Combining my favorite concepts of dystopian civilizations, much on the same wave lengths as Orwell's '1984' and Huxley's 'Brave New World', and Film Noir, "Alphaville" is set in a technocratic dictatorship in which emotions are considered obsolete and public exhibition of them is against the law. The concept of the individual self is explored throughout the film with great razor-sharp wit and accuracy by New Wave master, Jean-Luc Godard. The dangers of technologic advancement and abuse are in constant play, and no one else could have played the lead like Eddie Constantine, and we are treated to brilliant performances by the whole cast. A futuristic film that was shot on the streets of Paris makes this film far closer to home than expected.
Technically sloppy but effective science fiction from the directorial stewardship of Jean-Luc Godard. To me, Godard is like the Jackson Pollock of filmdom - I appreciate his contributions to the art-form but I wouldn't want his stuff in my house.
"Time is the substance of which I am made. Time is a river which carries me along. But I am time. It's a tiger, tearing me apart; but I am the tiger."
Lemmy Caution, an American private-eye, arrives in Alphaville, a futuristic city on another planet. His very American character is at odds with the city's ruler, an evil scientist named Von Braun, who has outlawed love and self-expression.
I think I gotta watch this a few more times.
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