• SammyBronkowitz

    ★★★ Watched by SammyBronkowitz 23 Sep, 2014

    Well, that was trippy. I really don’t have any problems with intellectual Science Fiction, but I think in this case, Godard’s experimental style didn’t do the story a favour.

    While it’s not a dumb story, it’s basically a simple one, on the level of a STAR TREK or TWILIGHT ZONE episode, that gets artificially blown up to some pseudo-philosophical, super show-offy, at times unintentionally funny “Look at me, how smart I am” hodgepodge.

    Having said that, at least it’s an interesting and still gripping experiment.

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  • G. Jardar Olsen

    ★★★★ Added by G. Jardar Olsen

    Absolutely hate this film, absolutely love it!

    That ... VOICE .. drives me up the wall, but that ... VOICE .. also adds to the entire chilling atmosphere of the movie. Godard basically shot a sci-fi movie using Paris as it was in the 1960's - no futuristic technical gizmos, just Paris as is - and he pulls it off. Till this day I don't know how the heck he managed to do it, but he did. A strange film…

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  • Steve Kim

    ★★★½ Watched by Steve Kim 26 Jun, 2015

    A dystopian noir from the 60s? Of course I was intrigued. Sadly, I was a little underwhelmed, but only because I had such lofty expectations. Though poetic, it's a bit dense, Lemmy is one-dimensional, and Alpha 60's voice is irritating. But of course, these flaws aren't all that major. Even without any special effects or constructed sets, it expertly uses mood and dialogue to make Alphaville a believable place, devoid of any humanity, far, far away from home.

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  • Njabs Phungula

    ★★★★★ Watched by Njabs Phungula 26 Jun, 2015 1

    "What transforms darkness into light?"
    "Poetry"

    It's absolutely insane how many beautiful shots (courtesy of Raoul Coutard) there are in this movie. Alphaville is without a doubt a masterpiece. It's not interested in being a simple thriller about good guys going against the bad guys. That can be done very well, though. In Alphaville we follow the trenchcoat-donning detective Lemmy Caution into Alphaville, a futuristic city where people are forbidden from being...well...human. Emotion and individualism among other things are crimes…

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  • Hamus

    Watched by Hamus 20 Jun, 2015

    [Seen at Cinematheque] [DCP]

    It's as if someone threw a hard-boiled anarchic private eye into a Orwellian future and filmed the events that took place in a stylistic, avant garde fashion. (Upon further reading, it seems like I was spot on. Godard took the typecasted actor and transported him into Alphaville.)

    The story was, more often than not, relatively indecipherable and the silly croaking narration certainly didn't help. The worldbuilding and storytelling, however, was distinct and auteurist so the film…

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  • PhilGariepy

    ★★★ Rewatched by PhilGariepy 18 Jun, 2015

    Ce n'est jamais facile d'écrire une critique négative d'un film de Godard, on a toujours l'impression de ne pas l'avoir compris, que le problème est avec nous et non avec le film. Mais en regardant Alphaville pour la 2e fois, je me suis tout simplement senti perdu dans son univers, et je ne crois pas que c'était intentionnel. Godard n'est pas particulièrement à l'aise lorsque vient le temps de raconter une histoire linéaire, et son choix de rendre hommage aux…

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  • Adamantius

    ★★★½ Watched by Adamantius 16 Jun, 2012

    Alphaville seems to be a satire of science fiction and noir detective movies. The movie moves forward with the plot with dead seriousness so there are no cues as to what are the satirical elements. The viewer might need to be more educated about Godard or the time period, so it might be a film I need to revisit. It does not enter the odd Kafkaesque worldview, but it comes close with odd scenes, a few unexplained scenes and people's…

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  • Jonathan Wright

    ★★★★ Watched by Jonathan Wright 23 May, 2015

    Alphaville marks a new level in Godard’s creative habit of cultural appropriation. Beyond exploring genres by subverting and parodying them, he, in Le Mepris (1963), integrates the public personas of Brigitte Bardot and Fritz Lang to thicken his concoction. Two years later in Alphaville he, at least on the surface, actively adds to the pop and pulp discourses by creating a new installation of Lemmy Caution, a well-known detective whose name was first popularized in the United Kingdom in the…

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  • Patrick Boberg

    ★★★★½ Watched by Patrick Boberg 20 May, 2015

    As a piece of art, Alphaville is striking. As a cohesive film-narrative, it's bewildering. Even with a story and presentation that spin the brain in circles, the style of the film and themes there-in are astounding. Will definitely be watching this over and over.

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  • Ross Bonaime

    ★★★ Watched by Ross Bonaime 14 May, 2015

    Criterion Spine #25

    With the first few Jean-Luc Godard films I saw - Breathless, Band of Outsiders and Contempt - I was quite drawn to them. However when I watched Pierrot le Fou, all the good will that I had towards Godard started to fade away. It took a lot for me to get through that film and it makes me scared to rewatch those previous films, since I wonder if it might scar my original enjoyment of them. Now…

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  • Luis de los Santos

    Watched by Luis de los Santos 14 May, 2015

    Es el tercer trabajo de Godard que veo y quedo bastante confundido.
    Tras quince minutos perdí por completo el interés por los personajes; después de una hora ya tenía un horrible dolor de cabeza.
    No lo sé. Tal vez otro día con más calma.

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  • Jack Cox

    ★★★★½ Watched by Jack Cox 12 May, 2015

    This is my second favorite Godard film after Breathless. The plot revolves around Detective Lemmy Caution (Eddie Constantine) a character was kind of like the French Columbo being placed in a futuristic setting.

    It is interesting to note there are very few Sci-Fi tropes at least when it comes to the design of the world of Alphaville, everything looks modern (for the time) and there isn't anything that you can really consider sci-fi except for the sentient computer, and I…

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