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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

French New Wave Anthology: Alphaville

I wrote my critique on Alphaville as part of my final assignment for CMCL 398: Post Nouvelle-Vague French Cinema. 

Jean-Luc Godard’s film Alphaville (Alphaville, une étrange aventure de Lemmy Caution, 1965) is about an American secret agent named Lemmy Caution (Eddie Constantine) who arrives in the futuristic city of the same name. While there, he falls in love with the mad scientist Von Braun’s daughter Natasha (Anna Karina). Natasha, like the other city’s inhabitants, is being controlled by her father’s (Howard Vernon) creation: the smart robot Alpha 60. Alpha 60 outlaws love and self expression. Alphaville is an excellent example of Godard’s tongue-in-cheek humor and counter-cinema ideas as he experiments mixing film genres, technical elements such as camera work and lighting, and plot elements.

This scene is my favorite from the film:

This is the original trailer from the film:

You can read my take on Alphaville here.

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