Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Alphaville, une étrange aventure de Lemmy Caution (1965)

Does anyone know where I can find some more sci-fi noir films? Alphaville is incredible! It reminded me a bit of the novels Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury and 1984 by George Orwell with a dash of a detective novel or film. If you like any of those novels or films, then you will probably love Alphaville.

Alphaville is about Lemmy Caution, an American private-eye, and his visit to Alphaville, a futuristic city located on another planet. Upon his arrival, he meets a woman, Natacha, and pretends to be a journalist in order to try to arrange an interview with her father, Professor Von Braun, who the ruler of the city. Von Braun is an evil scientist who forbids anyone in the city to be self-expressive or show any emotion. The punishment for doing any of these actions is death. Will Lemmy be able to stop Von Braun from corrupting the entire civilization of Alphaville into following his insane dehumanizing laws or will he end up like the others? Watch to find out.

Alphaville is a clever and entertaining film. I didn't particularly like the computer voice of Alpha 60. It reminded me of someone trying to hold their breath and talk at the same time through their throat. It's a gross sound! I think that the voice was made to sound like this because the audience is meant to dislike it.  I love Godard's imagination and I think it really comes alive in this film. The characters are interesting, the world is bizarre, and there is some humor mixed in with the strangeness.


Anonymous said...

That is because everything weird is normal in this whore of cities.

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