Alphaville Reviews

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July 28, 2019
Take(s) elements of classic Hollywood and twist(s) them into a haunting foreshadowing of the Godard to come.
July 12, 2019
It really does feel like Godard has transported us to some other world, even if it's all a colossal put-on.
July 9, 2019
...Godard is having a bit of a laugh...and if everything in this film is just too much of whatever it is, that's totally deliberate on his part.
January 22, 2019
Godard whips this peculiar mélange of cinematic influences and invention into a work that is stimulating, stylish, and irresistible.
March 13, 2018
Always something strangely individualistic, utterly contemporary, and yet for all that, riddled with dj vu, cultural echo chambers, a kind of deliberately outmoded sleight-of-hand.
May 29, 2014
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.
May 2, 2014
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.
May 1, 2014
Nothing about this strange, moving work of agit-pop has ever seemed out of date.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.
April 25, 2014
A bracing salute to American gangster pics, with a jumpy European post-war uncertainty thrown in.
April 24, 2014
Despite its age it's that rare science fiction film that doesn't seem to have dated at all.
April 1, 2014
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.
April 1, 2014
Science fiction meets film noir in a way that made possible the existence of Blade Runner, The Terminator and countless other books and films.
April 1, 2014
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.
April 1, 2014
No movie, not even Breathless, better exemplifies the syncretic quality of Godard's early genius.
April 1, 2014
One of [Godard's] most entertaining movies is also one of his most timeless.
April 1, 2014
Its melding of classic Hollywood archetypes and a terrifying future was ahead of its time when it was released. Five decades later, filmmakers are still trying to catch up.
February 13, 2014
If an iPod commercial had a nightmare, it would look like Alphaville
February 4, 2014
Iconic in its very grain, the film toggles effortlessly between toast-dry farce and vogueing postwar hipitude, and like the balletic swimmers performing mid-pool state executions, it's a thing of insensible beauty.
February 4, 2014
Karina proves to be the beating heart of the movie, getting its piercing last line (no spoilers here). Yet it's Constantine's ravaged mug that you remember.
December 20, 2012
It may mean absolutely nothing, but it's undeniably one interesting ride -- across universes in a Ford Galaxy.
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