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France, 1965 (MIFF 2009, Anna Karina)

Director: Jean-Luc Godard


Godard's iconic sci-fi noir is one of cinema's truly unconventional and striking films.

In totalitarian future city emotions are outlawed, residents are bar coded and are constantly monitored by the supercomputer known as Alpha 60 that rules the metropolis. Secret agent Lemmy Caution (Eddie Constantine) infiltrates the city, tasked with killing the creator of the computer, but finds himself falling for the inventor's daughter (Karina), a mysterious femme unfamiliar with human emotions such as ‘love'.

The streets of Paris are almost unrecognisable here, as they stand in for the ultramodern dystopia of Alphaville.

“Although often lauded for setting the ‘standard' for sci-fi cult-film dystopia, Alphaville more importantly addresses the horrors of the tyrannous state and the eradication of the individual.” - Senses of Cinema

D Jean-Luc Godard P André Michelin S Jean-Luc Godard WS Tamasa L French w/English subtitles TD 35mm/1965

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