Alphaville (1965)

Alphaville

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Critic Consensus: While Alphaville is by no means a conventional sci-fi film, Jean-Luc Godard creates a witty, noir-ish future all his own.


Movie Info

Private investigator Lemmy Caution searches for a missing scientist in the city of Alphaville, a futuristic vision of Paris controlled by a repressive government and its robot enforcers. American science fiction and detective film cliches are reenvisioned through French New Wave techniques in this acclaimed film by director Jean-Luc Godard.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Jean-Luc Godard
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 20, 1998
Box Office: $46.6k
Runtime:
Rialto Pictures - Official Site

Cast


as Lemmy Caution

as Natasha Von Braun

as Henri Dickson

as Chief Engineer

as Prof. Leonard Nosfer...

as Von Braun's Assistan...

as Professor Heckell

as Professor Jeckell

as seductress
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Critic Reviews for Alphaville

All Critics (41) | Top Critics (12)

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.

Full Review… | May 29, 2014
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

Nothing about this strange, moving work of agit-pop has ever seemed out of date.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.

Full Review… | May 1, 2014
Boston Globe
Top Critic

A bracing salute to American gangster pics, with a jumpy European post-war uncertainty thrown in.

Full Review… | April 25, 2014
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Despite its age it's that rare science fiction film that doesn't seem to have dated at all.

Full Review… | April 24, 2014
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | April 1, 2014
New Yorker
Top Critic

No movie, not even Breathless, better exemplifies the syncretic quality of Godard's early genius.

Full Review… | April 1, 2014
Village Voice
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Alphaville

½

I think I gotta watch this a few more times.

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Bob Stinson

Super Reviewer

½

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.

Matthew Roe
Matthew Roe

Super Reviewer

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.

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Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

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