Alphaville

Alphaville

Director: Jean-Luc Godard Cast: Eddie Constantine, Anna Karina, Akim Tamiroff

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Overview

In Alphaville, Jean-Luc Godard fuses a hardboiled detective story with science fiction. Lemmy Caution (Eddie Constantine), a hero Godard borrowed from a series of French adventure films, comes to Alphaville, the capital of a totalitarian state, in order to destroy its leader, an almost-human computer called Alpha 60. While on his mission, Lemmy meets and falls in love with Natacha (Anna Karina), the daughter of the scientist who designed Alpha 60. Their love becomes the most profound challenge to the computer's control. Void of any flashy special effects, Alphaville uses 1960s Paris to depict the city of the future.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/09/2019
UPC: 0738329238803
Original Release: 1965
Rating: NR
Source: Kl Studio Classics
Region Code: A
Time: 1:39:00
Sales rank: 5,338

Special Features

Audio commentary by film historian Tim Lucas; Anna Karina interview; Colin McCabe introduction; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Eddie Constantine Lemmy Caution
Anna Karina Natasha Von Braun
Akim Tamiroff Henri Dickson
Laszlo Szabo Chief Engineer
Howard Vernon Professor Leonard Nosferatu / Von Braun
Michel Delahaye Von Braun's Assistant
Jean-Andre Fieschi Prof. Heckell
Jean-Louis Comolli Prof. Jeckell
Christa Lang seductress

Technical Credits
Jean-Luc Godard Director,Screenwriter
Raoul Coutard Cinematographer
Philippe Dussart Production Manager
Agnès Guillemot Editor
René Levert Sound/Sound Designer
Andre Michelin Producer
Paul Misraki Score Composer

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Alphaville 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is perhaps my favorite of Godard's films because it is discernable and enjoyable on multiple levels. (Read the B&N Synopsis). However, what I really appreciate about this is how Godard seems to have been in collaboration on this with other parisians at the time, ex-pats William S. Burroughs and Brion Gysin who were at that time publishing and discovering The Third Mind, The Cut-Ups and filming experiments and adaptations of Burrough's Naked Lunch. Godard masterfully employs these techniques and takes the ideas in his own directions. This is at once, amusingly humorous and entertaining, while also starkly thought-provoking. Godard's 1990 psuedo-sequel, Germany 90-Nine Zero, including a short by Anne-Marie Meilville, also recently helps to recontextualize Alphaville and its early commentary in Godard's oeuvre for a discourse on North-South Hemisphere politics, existential philosophy, dada and surrealist, or even situationist aesthetics. Its just a brilliantly masterful film.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago