Well this came out before fahrenheit 451
Accidental personal Godard season continues thanks to the Showroom! Many of the same gags, new wave filmmaking innovations and semi- ironicised love of pulp novels.
Outside of the fascinating, bizarre metatextual aspects of Eddie Constantine reprising his straight-laced gumshoe character, Lemmy Caution, in the context of a dystopian science fiction landscape (that was shot in contemporary Paris) as opposed to traditional noir, it's another Godard film that can be watched with an eye for both the somewhat-on-the-nose socialist/Marxist commentary, and…
Alphaville is a very cool, very Godard-y noir/dystopian sci-fi hybrid. Despite how heavily the film relied on shots of Anna Karina's face and/or gibberish poetry I found the alternate reality pretty immersive and trippy. Was really impressed to learn that no sets or props were used - Godard was able to create this surreal world using actual old-fashioned (now) computer stuff and new-age architecture.
Also love the fact that he apparently got funding from German investors based on a fake…
The camera glides in grace, the voices mumble, the shots resound, the music soars.
It's dark, dystopic, deadbeat humming Alphaville. It's Godard (as usual) in a cocktail of homage to what he loves and hates the most.
Anna Karina is stunning (as usual).
Interruption and shitty editing done with style (as usual).
Cars jamming and silence making its unasked appearance in the scenes we least expect it too.
A funny joke (I, for one, laughed out loud).
Photographs of the…
Godard is a filmmaker that I deeply respect but find very hard to like. I often find in his films a sense that he’s trying to hard to either be noticed or ponder for greater meanings. But with this comes a level of experimentation in filmmaking that you often see. With all of this in mind, I’m still kind of surprised about how much I adore his 1965 deconstruction of the American noir Alphaville, an endlessly cool, smart, and often…
Yup. It's a Godard film through and through.
Don't like this film? Go to Alphaville 60, please.
Film #20 in Letterboxd Season Challenge 2015-16
In a decade when a film as excremental as Interstellar was celebrated for its discussion of love in a science fiction context, it is refreshing to discover that Jean-Luc Godard achieved this task decades ago. He stops short of coming up with a scientific explanation for the forces that drive family and romance, which Christopher Nolan seems to have attempted to do, but Alphaville's treatment of how art can both capture the essence…
You mean I watched an hour and a half of this just so I could see two seconds of Jean-Pierre Léaud put a book down on a table? Ugggghhhhhh
Godard's take on sci-fi and film-noir is admittedly interesting and it has intriguing concepts. Sadly it did leave me cold and scratching my head more than I would've preferred. However, I feel like this is a film that I will appreciate more with subsequent viewings.
April 2016 Scavenger Hunt
Task #25: A modernist film.
"Yes, I am afraid of death. But for a humble secret agent, it's an everyday thing, like whiskey. And I've been drinking all my life.."
Just like the name Une étrange aventure de Lemmy Caution suggests, Alphaville is indeed a very strange film. The film is set in a futuristic dystopian city, called Alphaville, where emotions are banned and people are dehumanized and robotic. Lemmy Caution is a…