• James Utley

    ★★★★½ Watched by James Utley 31 Aug, 2014

    It's Sci-Fi as done by Jean-Luc Godard, yet overall it feels more Film-Noir-ish taking things from that genre. It shows the genius of Godard's early career (which I have not yet left to go into his later films), yet I feel like I should have liked it more than I did.

    A U.S. secret agent is sent to the distant space city of Alphaville where he must find a missing person and free the city from its tyrannical ruler.

    The…

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  • Sondre Hareide

    ★★★ Watched by Sondre Hareide 26 Aug, 2014

    As I was watching this my brain shut down. I was unable to process anything that was going on. I just sat there. It looked cool though.

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  • Luis F. Mayorgas

    Watched by Luis F. Mayorgas 24 Aug, 2014

    Es encomiable para una película francesa de los 60, prácticamente sin presupuesto, el esfuerzo que hace por mezclar elementos del film noir y de la ciencia ficción más filosófica, tratando temas como el control totalitario de una población manipulando algo tan esencial como el lenguaje (al mas puro estilo Orwell) o indagando sobre que es lo que nos hace humanos. Algo que convierte una película en una versión prototípica de 1984 o Blade Runner en clave de cine francés europeo.…

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  • alphonse

    ★★★★½ Watched by alphonse 14 Aug, 2014 2

    Godard tells us a futuristic story of an American detective who arrives in Alphaville, a futuristic city on a distant planet. Lemmy Caution's American character immediately puts him in collision with the local ruler, who had forbidden love and freedom of expression. I see Alphaville as a sort of mix between Martin Scorcese's Taxi Driver and Terry Gilliam's Brazil (with a heavy touch of Monsieur Godard's incomparable poetry, of course) because, as Godard's film, both present us a director's vision…

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  • Joseph Prestianni

    ★★½ Watched by Joseph Prestianni 10 Aug, 2014

    On paper, this should be one of my favorite films of all time. Sadly, it's far from it. There are some things to like; some cool camera work, the mixing of sci fi and noir, and Constantine and Karina, and the first half hour or so had me intrigued, but the entire thing is marred by Godard's obnoxious tendencies. Touches too much on the forced love angle than on that sci fi I wanted.

    Alpha 60's voice literally makes my throat hurt.

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  • trolleyfreak

    Added by trolleyfreak

    Godard's pulp fiction film, one of his most sheerly enjoyable, is a fascinating hybrid of science fiction and film noir. Shot entirely in a neon Paris of impersonal glass skyscrapers by expert cinematographer Coutard, it features Constantine in a reprisal of his legendary Lemmy Caution character. He's a secret agent trying to make sense of a surreal world with the help of Karina who, naturellement, is perfect in another glamorous and iconic role..

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  • Tom Prankerd

    ★★★ Watched by Tom Prankerd 18 Jul, 2014

    Jean-Luc Godard's fusion of pulp spy stories, film noir, sci-fi and new wave realism has a lot going for it, including some imaginative direction and staging all carried off by a remarkably hard-edged performance from Constantine as Lemmy Caution. However, it's perhaps a little too self-conscious to be hugely enjoyable - Godard wants to have his cake and eat it too, sending up the staples of the various genres while relying on them for momentum at the same time. Nevertheless an interesting piece of work.

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  • Colin Rudge

    ★★★½ Rewatched by Colin Rudge 19 Jul, 2014

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

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  • Steve "The Schmuck" Pulaski

    ★★★ Watched by Steve "The Schmuck" Pulaski 04 Jul, 2014

    Even though Alphaville is about the midpoint in Jean-Luc Godard's New Wave, sixties filmography, it's really unsurprising to see him attempt to make a film that explores and subverts the general visual and narrative quips of your archetypal film noir story. The result is an interesting, if ultimately kind of droll, exploration from a filmmaking known for defying all convention and expectations like it's his job.

    The film stars Eddie Constantine in the daunting lead role of Lemmy Caution, a…

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  • Vicky Griva

    ★★½ Watched by Vicky Griva 10 Jul, 2014

    I am mostly impressed by this film's amazingly hostile atmosphere and how actions and consequences have no connection with each other in this Godard universe.
    But I have to tell you, I didn't get into the story, I found it a bit boring and yes I didn't like it.

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  • Thomas Pollock

    ★★★½ Watched by Thomas Pollock 09 Jul, 2014

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    Again, I am still not swept away with the renown Jean-Luc Godard, but I must say his style is unique, unconventional and different. In Alphaville we see a Sci-Fi film being made without the use of expensive sets, flying cars and fancy skyscrapers like we see in films form Metropolis to Blade Runner. The cock-eyed detective who comes to Alphaville discovers just how hellish it is.

    Alphaville is a place where the human imagination is suppressed…

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  • Ferrandis

    Added by Ferrandis

    Me sorprende bastante que Godard rodase una cinta de ciencia-ficción que recuerda a "1984" o a "Un mundo feliz". Sin embargo, la sorpresa inicial se transforma en decepción tras comprobar el hecho innegable de que estamos ante una obra menor del director francés que lastra una buena idea.

    Alphaville es una ciudad futurista donde no existe el amor, ni el llanto. Los habitantes son comandados por una máquina llamada Alpha 60 de forma que su comportamiento siempre sea lógico y…

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