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Directed by JEAN-LUC GODARD
Starring EDDIE CONSTANTINE & ANNA KARINA
Winner, Golden Bear, Berlin Film Festival (1965)
(1965) ... or A Strange Adventure of Lemmy Caution. In Alphaville, hints of emotion are cause for liquidation and “people should not ask ‘why,’ but only say ‘because.’” New mission for hard smoking and drinking, babe-chasing Lemmy Caution, incarnated by American singer/songwriter Eddie Constantine in seven previous pulp film thrillers — but here a disillusioned agent in a Bogartian trenchcoat: a trip into the future, trekking through space to find missing agent Akim Tamiroff, track down Howard Vernon’s Professor “von Braun,” aided by prof’s daughter Anna Karina, and square-off in a final showdown with “Alpha 60.” Godard creates an eerie sense of sci-fi alienation with striking b&w shooting — sans artificial light — by the great Raoul Coutard on the all-location-shot wintry streets of Paris ’65. But Karina has the last three words. New translation and subtitles by Lenny Borger and Cynthia Schoch. Original title: Tarzan vs. IBM. Approx. 99 min. DCP.
A RIALTO PICTURE RELEASE
“TO UNDERSTAND ALPHAVILLE IS TO UNDERSTAND GODARD!”
– Andrew Sarris
#1 CRITICS' PICK OF THE WEEK!
"A MYSTERY WORTH SOLVING! Rife with ominous shadows (courtesy ace DP Raoul Coutard, turning Paris circa 1965 into an ultra-convincing dystopia) and populated by those two quintessential Godard elements: girls and guns... The chief gal is the director's always-alluring muse, Anna Karina... the beating heart of the movie. Yet it's Constantine's ravaged mug that you remember."
– Time Out New York
"There is not a more intoxicating loading dose of uncut movieness available on New York screens at the moment than Godard's famous hyper-sci-fi-meta-noir... 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."
– Michael Atkinson, Village Voice
“ONE OF GODARD’S MOST SHEERLY ENJOYABLE MOVIES! A dazzling amalgam of Film Noir and science fiction!Tough gumshoe Lemmy Caution turns inter-galactic agent to re-enact the legend of Orpheus and Eurydice by conquering Alpha 60, the strange automated city from which such concepts as love and tenderness have been banished. As in Antonioni’s The Red Desert, Godard’s theme is alienation in a technological society, but his shotgun marriage between the poetry of legend and the irreverence of strip cartoons takes the film into entirely idiosyncratic areas. Not the least astonishing thing is the way Coutard’s camera turns contemporary Paris into an icily dehumanized city of the future.”
– Tom Milne, Time Out (London)
“It is difficult to think of any parallel work which so successfully shows the future in the present, and which can sustain viewings forty years after it was made.”
– Colin MacCabe
“It’s the most political of Godard’s films before his complete radicalization, and probably his most anguished. The terrain crossed by special agent Lemmy Caution is relentlessly sterile and oppressive, a wilderness of glass-box architecture and endless white corridors... It remains an outstanding example of the filmmaker’s power to transform an environment through the selection of detail: everything in it is familiar, but nothing is recognizable.”
– Dave Kehr