Criterion Collection Spine #25
(Foreign language film)
Alphaville may be categorized as Science Fiction ... but at its core it still
looks, moves, and feels like an artsy Jean-Luc Godard film.
"I shall calculate so that failure is impossible ... I shall fight so that failure is possible."
And I thought, `2001 A Space Odyssey' was challenging first-time 'Sci-Fi' watch. Pretty much the entire runtime of Alphaville had me perplexed about what exactly was going on, but in amusing/entertained way. Based on the cover, with this trench coat wearing detective figure, I suppose I was expecting a slow hard-boiled crime noir. But instead, it is a vibrantly paced dialogue-driven journey of a special agent through this seemingly typical Paris setting.…