Only the second film of Mr. Godard that I've seen, but I quite liked it. Certainly better than Breathless which is my only frame of reference.
Whilst Breathless was cool it felt kind of empty. Alphaville on the other hand has the cool factor, but also very much has something to say. It struck me as a kind of existential, what it means to be human sort of film. With a bit of a cautionary tale vibe as well.
Vamos a ver. Si alguien quiere hacer una apología de la importancia emocional en el ser humano... no debería dirigirse ese discurso a mis emociones y no a mi intelecto?.
Esta película parece hecha por la máquina esa que gobierna la ciudad. Técnica sin sentimientos..
Me da igual en qué sitio chachi pon ponga la cámara (No se parece en nada a la Jetée que es de lo más poética).
Pretenciosa a más no poder.
Como la hubiera firmado un…
It's weird that I find this film so interesting, and yet I feel very little for it. There are flashes of Godard's humour, but most of the film is dedicated to its Kafkaesque bleak irony, which often hindered my enjoyment of it, if not my intellectual engagement with it. I can see how someone can call it a great film, but for me it was surprisingly unlikeable.
A great great movie. I first watched it at a time when I really had no idea that Godard is a glorious cine-chimera who vomits up masterpieces as a matter of course, and was actually expecting dullsville (so many cine-illiterates I was listening to at the time, blech), but while it was lesser than my 60s faves, it was still so so beautiful. The next time I watched it was tied up in an academic sinkhole discussion about Alphaville as…
Effortlessly cool modernist French sci-fi noir from Jean-Luc Godard finds Eddie Constantine's secret agent Lemmy Caution struggling against a futuristic society governed by a sentient computer system. Godard forgoes standard sci-fi design elements in favour of contemporary architecture and cityscapes with great effect, creating a weird familiarity to this dystopian future. It's a wholly original film, and an extremely influential one at that.
I'm happy to see Godard using and further developing some visual techniques that he first used in Une Femme Mariée and his photography in collaboration with Coutard is beautiful as usual and affecting when it wants to be. The imagery works very well with the invasive sound design and it's really effective in putting the viewer in the atmosphere that the characters are in. I don't know how Godard has the ability to make his films incredibly emotional right in…
"I refuse to become what you call normal."
The rise of individualism against the tyranny of techno-capitalist conformity.
On the surface, Alphaville presents a lot of similarities to another famous sci-fi neo-noir, Blade Runner, laying the foundation almost two decades in advance. Eddie Constantine plays Lemmy Caution, a secret agent who’s part James Bond and part Philip Marlowe; a world-weary detective who looks great in a suit and can hold his own in a fight. He’s come to Alphaville from…
The great Godard tries his hand at sci-fi!....and it doesn't really work.
Possibly Godard's most entertaining movie, with precious little politics and an honest-to-goodness detective-thriller-in-the-future plot. My favorite moments are when Godard pares down the genre he's working in to its barest essentials - a shootout in a hallway is reduced to a second or two, with a quick cut from a forehead bullet wound to a shot of several bad guys unconscious on the floor - handily demonstrating that you don't really need anything more than that (or at least I…
"Time is the substance of which I am made. Time is a river which carries me along. But I am time. It's a tiger, tearing me apart; but I am the tiger...Time is like a circle which is endlessly described. The declining arc is the past. The inclining arc is the future." - Alpha 60
"The past represents its future. It advances in a straight line, yet it ends by coming full circle." - Lemmy Caution, an true detective
"You have come from the Outlands. What were your feelings when you passed through galactic space?"
"The silence of infinite space appalled me."
"What is the privilege of the dead?"
"To die no more."
"Do you know what illuminates the night?"
I almost hate to say it, but Eddie Constantine, news reporter from Nueva York, has a very punchable face. It doesn't help that he's always poking his nose and outdated camera into places he doesn't belong. But at…