Alphaville

Alphaville

[a strange case of Lemmy Caution]

DVD - 1965 | French
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Secret agent Lemmy Caution travels to another galaxy and finds himself in a computer-run society which is dedicated to technology and outlaws emotion.
Publisher: [Irvington, N.Y.] : Criterion Collection, c1965
ISBN: 9780780021549
0780021541
Branch Call Number: DVD 791.43 ALP NVD
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (99 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Alphaville

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TheSandoz
Jan 07, 2016

One of my favorite sci-fi films.

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AQUILEA777
Mar 11, 2015

Worth seeing for the mysterious Anna Karina.

rufus_red4 Mar 24, 2014

I couldn't even finish this. I'm not sure if I ever have a seen a Godard film but surely has made better than this piece of a useless mess?

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stuvw27
Feb 20, 2014

Why am I watching this silly movie? I knew it was silly the first (last) time I watched it forty thousand light years ago (as they say in the movie). I never even liked Godard very much. Who knows what reality is? Is Godard a pretentious Frenchy innalecktual? Am I an effete Ugly American? Why are we born only to suffer and die? What is the meaning of humanity. No, wait... truth is.....BANG!... arrrghhhh! Thunk.

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eusebius
Nov 01, 2013

Alphaville is Godard's best film. The economy of means only works in its favour. Godard could get millions of dollars of special effects with the simplest of devices, something Hollywood directors have never learned to do.

Eddie Constantine is terrific as Lemmy Caution, and Anna Karina is lovely as the girl. Akim Tamiroff has a juicy scene in a run down hotel.

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
May 30, 2013

How do you spell "Alphaville"? Capital B-O-R-I-N-G!_____ This movie was a sluggish, mind-numbingly dull snore-fest, if I've ever seen one._____ Set in the future (at an unspecified date), there was absolutely nothing at all "futuristic" about Alphaville in any way, shape or form._____ I found Alphaville to basically be a staggeringly pretentious,1960's, euro-trash mess. Filled with all sorts of idiotic symbolism, it completely lacked a coherent and worthwhile story enough to keep the viewer interested for more than just a few minutes._____ Considered by many (I don't know why) to be very "avant-garde", Alphaville was directed by French filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard who, in the 1960s, was literally churning out about 5 to 6 movies a year. So, just by that alone, you can get a pretty clear picture of exactly how much real thought and care was put into this film's story, its production and its overall character developement._____ If nothing else, Alphaville is a really great sleeping pill that's sure to be of help to any of you frustrated insomniacs out there._____ Zzzzzzzzz! Nighty-Night!

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hertz
Aug 08, 2010

Yes, it's in black and white, but don't be put off. The French have a way of infusing their film with vivid life, and Godard is my favorite French director. Anna Karina happens to be a weakness of mine, but the male lead was no slouch in his role either. This may be one of the earlier films to lean towards film-noir/sci-fi, yet I feel it still stands proud. It does have some absurdity to the plot, but some may like that essentially French spirit. If you have a taste for foreign cinema, I highly encourage you to try this, or any of Godard's works.

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