• Bob Hovey

    ★★★½ Watched by Bob Hovey 29 Jan, 2015

    It may not be a classic like Breathless or Contempt, but Jean-Luc Godard's Alphaville is nevertheless an interesting, unique and worthwhile film. A mind-bending blend of New Wave, Film Noir and Sci-Fi, Godard dispenses with special effects and purpose-built sets, choosing instead to make use of writing, cinematography and careful choice of Paris locations to depict a future earth ruled by by a tyrannical scientist and his supercomputer. Sharing elements with Huxley's Brave New World, Orwell's 1984 and Gilliam's Brazil,…


  • disinvite

    Watched by disinvite 08 Oct, 2014

    No rating yet, but I will say that this was a uniquely joyless film viewing experience. I still cling to the notion, and perhaps it's a delusion, that my inability to get anything out of these Godard movies is my failure as a viewer. I guess I'll have to go read a book about him or something.


  • Jordi Sánchez-Navarro

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by Jordi Sánchez-Navarro 25 Jan, 2015 2

    La legendaria aproximación de Godard a la ciencia ficción distópica, una mezcla completamente alienígena de novelita pulp de espionaje y tratado de filosofía. Modernidad pura.


  • JosephFinn

    ★½ Watched by JosephFinn 21 Jan, 2015

    Jesus, Godard. This Orwellian-wannabe meandering that feels like we're waiting for the plot or the point to show up. Makes me want to see one of Eddie Constantine's films where he plays the lead character, Lemny Caution, in something with a plot.


  • astrohkid

    ★★★★ Watched by astrohkid 22 Jan, 2015

    Okay, to be 100% honest, I'm not exactly sure what I just watched or what it meant or how I felt about it. Which is weird, because this is Godard's most plot-heavy film. It should be accessible and easy to follow, which in a way it is. I think I may not have been paying enough attention. Sorry, Godard.

    But I'll save my half-assed attempts for analysis for a rewatch. This is simply put one of the most visually pleasing…


  • mtobin37

    ★★★★½ Added by mtobin37

    Requires some repeat viewing, but a great take sci-fi/film noir film.


  • davedestep

    Watched by davedestep 14 Jan, 2015

    watched half of it :( too drunk and tired by that point


  • Michael

    ★★ Watched by Michael 16 Jan, 2015

    Despite being a commonly known Godard this is actually pretty odd for a Godard picture, heavily reliant on production design and, of all things, plot, but in that sense quickly reveals why such things are obsolete in a normal Godard exercise (even if the buildings and fragmented design here adds to the visual splendor). A sometimes striking take on love in a dystopia (decades before Code 46), the main character being detective is another redundant conceit as all Godard males…


  • Melody

    ★★★★★ Watched by Melody 13 Jan, 2015

    "Away, away, says hatred; closer, closer, says love…"

    "I don't know what to say. They're words I don't know. I wasn't taught them. Help me."
    "lmpossible, Princess. You must get there yourself. Then you'll be saved. If you don't you're as lost as the dead of Alphaville…"

    Almost certainly my new favourite Godard - I had no idea he was capable of being as direct as this. Essentially this is the usual kind of "escaping the dystopian future" movie we've…


  • Malick Kaufman

    ★★★ Watched by Malick Kaufman 13 Jan, 2015 3

    Film 2 of 1965 in The Anniversaries Resolution.
    Film 4 of Godard in The Directors Resolution.


    It began well. It had an interesting, unconventional narrator. It had Anna Karina, the most beautifuul woman on the planet. It was edited with regular Godard awesomeness. It had some very nice long takes. It was Godard shooting in Black and White, which is always a good thing. Well, despite all of the things working in it's favour, it's managed to leave…


  • Martin Jensen

    ★★★★ Watched by Martin Jensen 12 Jan, 2015

    Love the use of noir and sci-fi tropes. The Modernist architecture actually still works as the product of a logical city run by a computer. Eddie Constantine has this perfectly chiselled face and Anna Karina is superb as usual. Surprisingly violent in places (that method of execution... wow!) but mostly playful, poetical and stylish the way only early Godard can be.


  • Ross Whyte

    ★★★★★ Watched by Ross Whyte 11 Jan, 2015

    As I expressed in my review of Contempt earlier in the week, I know very little about Godard and his work, yet I thought I had a general idea. Imagine my surprise to find this fairly comedic sci-fi thriller as the next of his films a come across.

    In Godard's space, everyone can hear you scream, but they'll execute you for it. Riffing heavily off 1984, Alphaville goes from caper to dystopian drama and back again many times over.