Alphaville (Criterion Collection)
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- English Subtitles Optional
- Rated: Unrated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 40 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: September 29, 1998
- Originally Released: 1965
- Label: Criterion
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Dolby Digital Mono - French
- Subtitles - English - Optional
- Opening Credits
- Agent from the Outlands
- Seductress, Third Class
- Stupid Questions
- Can't Hear the Music
- Dying Words
- The Teachings of Alpha 60
- Deadly Bathing Beauties
- The Love of Money and Women
- Professors Eckle and Jeckel
- A Guarantee to Electrify
- The Meaning of Conscience
- Remembering Broadway
- Natasha Defines Love
- A Man and a Cup of Coffee
- Reporter and Revenger
- Rescuing the Princess
- Color Bars
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Eddie Constantine & Anna Karina|
|Performer:||Laszlo Szabo, Howard Vernon & Akim Tamiroff|
|Directed by||Jean-Luc Godard|
|Edited by||Agnes Guillemot|
|Screenwriting by||Jean-Luc Godard|
|Composition by||Paul Misraki|
|Produced by||Andre Michelin|
|Director of Photography:||Raoul Coutard|
Memorable Quotes and Dialog:
"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."
Description by OLDIES.com:
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.
- 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.
Movie Lovers' Ratings & Reviews:
Based on 84 ratings.
A very strange yet compelling movie. I think that "Alphaville" is more social satire than sci-fi/pulp detective/existential gobbledygook, but it is a tough film to characterize/label. The fact that the film defies description draws the viewer into the story. Several subtle touches of humor add to its appeal. A film that should be seen if for no other reason than to say that you have seen it! Vive Godard!
This DVD represents another masterful restoration project/product by Criterion. Most versions of "Alphaville" that were extant prior to the Criterion release were of very inferior quality in all respects.
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