Alphaville

1965

Drama / Mystery / Sci-Fi / Thriller

30
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 91%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 81%
IMDb Rating 7.1 10 22,355

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Jean-Pierre Léaud as Inspector Neveu
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by FilmSnobby 10 / 10 / 10

First and foremost a spoof.

Lemmy Caution, a French version of Sam Spade -- or perhaps a James Bond gone to seed -- is on a mission: "liquidate" the tyrannical Dr. Vonbraun, inventor of the "death ray" and the Orwellian supercomputer, Alpha 60. But to get Vonbraun, Lemmy must make the intergalactic voyage from his home in the Outlands (roughly, "Nueva York") to Alphaville (roughly, mid-Sixties Paris). He gets there via his Ford Galaxy. That's right -- a car. Are you with me so far? The key to understanding Jean-Luc Godard's *Alphaville* is to realize that it is first and foremost a spoof. It spoofs nearly everything it touches: science fiction; comic-books; George Orwell; Aldous Huxley; American private-eye movies; spy movies; technology in general and computers in particular; romantic love as presented in cinema. If you sit down to watch this expecting a high-minded piece of French New Wave cinema, you're going to end up being put-off. Those familiar with Godard will perhaps be less put-off. After all, when was this guy ever really "high-minded", anyway? Godard was the prankster of the "Cahiers du Cinema" gang. Just listen to the score by Paul Misraki if you're looking for the tongue in the cheek. Even the putative theme of the movie, which is the priority of "love" and artistic creativity over logic and technology personified by the talking Alpha 60 supercomputer, is not taken too seriously. "Love" is personified by the beautiful dingbat princess, Natasha Vonbraun (Anna Karina), who doesn't even know what the word means. She's a child, as easily manipulated by Lemmy Caution as she is by the technocrats of Alphaville. Therefore, our rooting interest for humanity resides in Lemmy. Eddie Constantine reprises the role of Caution, a popular TV character in France during the Fifties, for Godard here: Lord knows what Constantine thought when he first read the script. The way he delivers the line, "This 'Alphaville' ought to be called 'Zeroville!'" gives a forceful indication of his bemusement. He submits to Godard's nouvelle vagueisms like a good soldier, delivering a fantastic performance in the process. Raoul Coutard's cinematography captures the heartlessness of the architecture in mid-Sixties Paris, which seemed to consist of blocky buildings blaring florescent lighting from every window, claustrophobic corridors, run-down apartments, and endless spiral staircases. It's a pitiless place, which perhaps was Godard's one serious statement amidst all the postmodern, meta-cinematic foolery: we're living in Alphaville already. Altogether, this is Godard's most satisfying film. Despite all its detractors, *Alphaville* still survives (in a Criterion edition, no less). Classics always do.

Reviewed by supernma 8 / 10 / 10

A very "challenging" film

Being my third Godard film, I was very excited to delve into this one, as I had liked the previous two I had seen (Breathless, and A Woman is A Woman). After all, the idea of combining Godard's French New Wave style with science fiction is very compelling. I had also read nothing about the plot or theme of the film beforehand, so it was a truly raw experience. That being said, I am very disappointed. I rarely call a film boring, because that's too easy of a response and usually not the case for most films. Nonetheless, "Alphaville" bored me. I didn't connect to the story or any of the characters, and was lost most of the time. The style was cool, but that's about all I found interesting about the film. Also, the voice of Alpha 60 is like nails-on-a-chalk-board; I was literally pulling on my hair when it gave those long monologues. I don't want to give the wrong impression, though. I can see how it influenced future sci-fi cinema (i.e. Blade Runner, 2001: A Space Odyssey), and it's a strikingly unique and original (albeit unconventional) piece, but it simply failed to engage me as a viewer. Whether or not this was Godard's intention, I don't know. Watch it only if you have a great passion for cinema and film history. All casual moviegoers beware.

Reviewed by LeRoyMarko 8 / 10 / 10

Une étrange aventure indeed

I really like Alphaville. But I can understand why some would find it uninspiring or even boring. A Sci-Fi with no special effect. An intellectual feast in black and white. A movie that probably appealed to the crowd of the Quartier Latin. The story of a techno society. A society where people are killed if they act in an illogical way (ex. express sentiments). The episode of the pool is particularly good. The movie goes between two paradox: technology and poetry. But eventually, victory will prevail in the form of a «je vous aime». Great lines in this one: «Dans la vie, il n'y a que le présent. Personne n'a vécu dans le passé et personne ne vivra dans le futur». Or this question by Alpha 60: «Quel est le privilège des morts?». Lemmy answers: «Ne plus mourir». This is just great! On last word: Eddie Constantine and Anna Karina are both terrific in their role. Out of 100, I give it 79. That's good for *** out of ****. Seen at home, in Toronto, on November 12th, 2002.

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