"Everything weird is 'normal' in this damn town" - Eddie Constantine as Lemmy Caution.
Worth the purchase/upgrade.
Jean-Luc Godard’s 1965 “Alphaville” is eternally nouveau, fifty years passé. One of his most entertaining movies is also one of his most timeless. Drawing on a post-Bogart gumshoe character that Eddie Constantine had already smoked and drank his way through in Eurosleaze thrillers, Godard creates a future landscape entirely from cannily curated elements of Paris, 1964. The City of Light becomes the portal of portent. All you need to make a movie, or at least a nagging, haunt-your-dreams pre-neo-noir, is a gun, a girl and simmering philosophical asides. The shadowy web etched by cinematographer Raoul Coutard’s black-and-white photography is countered by the luminosity of Godard’s then-wife and matchless muse, Anna Karina. Her eyes shine as the corners of the city lurk, mute yet ominously expressive. Fittingly, this object from the past that partook in an imagined future, of an urban dystopia ruled by a brute computer called “Alpha 60,” is newly restored, cleanly pixillated into the present tense of rapid-fire 1-0-1-0-1-0 sequences of data. Look up: it’s still the “modern day.” It’s a newly modern reformulation of the on-the-fly, brusque black-and-white glories of what was once a 35mm film. “Alphaville” is the kind of retro-futurist looking-backward-correctly kind of visual artifact that outfits such as KL can now showcase in all their glory - the 4k scan is amazing. Almost fifty years on, “Alphaville” compels like the best Godard, but entertains, too. This might be his most accessable - and best -film.
Hugely influential: Doctor Who, The documentaries of Adam Curtis, Kubrick's 2001, Bryan Ferry, Philip K. Dick and so many others owe a debt to this film. Even Charlie's Angels.
- Format: Anamorphic, NTSC, Subtitled
- Language: French
- Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
- Number of discs: 1
- Studio: KL Studio Classics
- DVD Release Date: 9 July 2019
- Run Time: 99 minutes
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- ASIN: B07RS8ZTH3
Amazon Bestsellers Rank:
2,005 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
- #1341 in Movies (Movies & TV)