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Alphaville (Blu-ray)

Suddenly the word is Alphaville... and a secret agent is in a breathless race against the Masters of the Future.
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Blu-ray Disc Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 40 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released: July 9, 2019
  • Originally Released: 1965
  • Label: KL Studio Classics
  • Encoding: Region A

Performers, Cast and Crew:

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Memorable Quotes and Dialog:

"All things weird are normal in this whore of cities."
  - Lemmy Caution (Eddie Constantine)

Entertainment Reviews:

Certified Fresh91%

Total Count: 46


User Ratings: 13,098
Rating: 4/4 -- A bracing salute to American gangster pics, with a jumpy European post-war uncertainty thrown in. Full Review
Philadelphia Inquirer
Apr 25, 2014
Rating: 7/10 -- ...Godard is having a bit of a laugh...and if everything in this film is just too much of whatever it is, that's totally deliberate on his part. Full Review
Jul 9, 2019
Rating: B -- It's so archly intellectual that you fear it might splinter if you poke it in the ribs. It's also endlessly playful in its worship of American movie tropes, and deeply resourceful. Full Review
Dallas Morning News
May 29, 2014
ALPHAVILLE was in part about the importance of love and human connection in a world where technology was warping interpersonal contact. Those issues have not gone away, they've gotten stronger and more pressing with the passage of time.
Los Angeles Times
Apr 24, 2014
Despite its age it's that rare science fiction film that doesn't seem to have dated at all. Full Review
Los Angeles Times
Apr 24, 2014
It's one of the great cinematic works of romanticism, as well as a sort of filmed revelation of the very essence of science-fiction movies and German silent classics -- their blend of social critique, emotional liberation, and paranoia. Full Review
New Yorker
Apr 1, 2014
Rating: 3.5/4 -- Take(s) elements of classic Hollywood and twist(s) them into a haunting foreshadowing of the Godard to come. Full Review
From the Front Row
Jul 27, 2019

Product Description:

With 1965's ALPHAVILLE--part sci-fi action film, part noir thriller--the acclaimed French New Wave director Jean-Luc Godard achieves a stunningly clinical futurism using absolutely no special visual effects. The result is a moving, original film that, with its abstract, political, and intellectual themes, essentially redefines the apocalyptic science fiction genre. ALPHAVILLE, clearly the product of one of cinema's greatest contributors, is nothing less than a bona fide cult classic.

A bizarre space-chase across a glass and metal landscape of futuristic Paris--here called Alphaville--is the movie's premise. Creating a dystopian "tomorrow" characterized by alienation and cold corporate comforts, Godard slyly suggests that the future is now. Secret agent man Lemmy Caution (Eddie Constantine) travels across the expanses of intergalactic space and time to uncover the fate of his missing predecessor. Working under the alias of Ivan Johnson, Caution is accompanied in his quest by the lovely Natasha Vonbraun (Anna Karina), the daughter of a supposedly missing professor. Caution later discovers that the elder Vonbraun is the mastermind behind Alpha 60--the rigid, masterful computer that governs Alphaville. Alpha's job is to crush individuality, eradicating any human being who does not conform. Ultimately, Lemmy is left with no other choice but to destroy the calculating chip-and-wire monolith, with the only weapons he has left: his heart and soul.


Production Notes:

  • Released theatrically (in France): May 5, 1965.
  • U.S. theatrical release date: October 25, 1965.
  • Shot on location in Paris, France.
  • Winner of Best Film at the Berlin Film Festival.
  • Every scene was shot in one take in natural darkness; thus, many shots had to be destroyed because it was too dark for the film to record the image properly.
  • Script girl Suzanne Schiffman later served as a writer and assistant director on a number of Francois Truffaut films.
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