ALPHAVILLE

Directed by Jean-Luc Godard | Written by Jean-Luc Godard
US release date: Feb 7, 2014
Directed and written by Jean-Luc Godard
With Eddie Constantine, Anna Karina, Akim Tamiroff
99 min, Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi, France, 1965

In Alphaville, hints of emotion are cause for liquidation and “people should not ask ‘why,’ but only say ‘because.’” New mission for hard smoking and drinking, babe-chasing Lemmy Caution, incarnated by American singer/songwriter Eddie Constantine in seven previous pulp film thrillers — but here a disillusioned agent in a Bogartian trenchcoat: a trip into the future, trekking through space to find missing agent Akim Tamiroff, track down Howard Vernon’s Professor “von Braun,” aided by prof’s daughter Anna Karina, and square-off in a final showdown with “Alpha 60.” Godard creates an eerie sense of sci-fi alienation with striking b&w shooting — sans artificial light — by the great Raoul Coutard on the all-location-shot wintry streets of Paris ’65. But Karina has the last three words.


Directed and Written by Jean-Luc Godard
StarrinAnna Karina and Eddie Constantine

Playing in Los Angeles April 25-29 at Landmark's Nuart Theatre.

US Distribution: Rialto Pictures

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