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Alphaville (1965)

Alphaville, une étrange aventure de Lemmy Caution (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi | 5 May 1965 (France)
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A U.S. secret agent is sent to the distant space city of Alphaville where he must find a missing person and free the city from its tyrannical ruler.

Director:

Jean-Luc Godard

Writer:

Jean-Luc Godard
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Eddie Constantine ... Lemmy Caution
Anna Karina ... Natacha von Braun
Akim Tamiroff ... Henri Dickson (as Akim Tamirof)
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Storyline

Lemmy Caution, an American private-eye, arrives in Alphaville, a futuristic city on another planet. His very American character is at odds with the city's ruler, an evil scientist named Von Braun, who has outlawed love and self-expression. Written by Gene Volovich <volovich@netcom.com>

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The strange adventure of Lemmy Caution - secret agent of the future See more »


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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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France | Italy

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

5 May 1965 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Dick Tracy on Mars See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$220,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,298, 7 February 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$46,585, 30 May 2014
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The Doors' song 'End of the Night' was inspired by a quote in 'Alphaville'. See more »

Goofs

Just before Lemmy Caution/Ivan Johnson meets Natasha Vonbraun, around 10 minutes into the movie, you can see the crew in the mirror when the camera pans. See more »

Quotes

Alpha 60: What is the privilege of the dead?
Lemmy Caution: To die no more.
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Crazy Credits

Before the credits, Godard adds one letter at a time to compose the word "fin"--"i"..."in"..."fin"--as though to suggest "I, in the end." See more »

Alternate Versions

In the original French version, the voice of the computer Alpha 60 sounds harsh and throaty as if produced by belching. One English-dubbed version gives the computer a more typical computer-like voice. See more »

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Featured in Godard, l'amour, la poésie (2007) See more »

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Alphaville, a strange adventure of Jean-Luc Godard..
28 January 2005 | by alexx668See all my reviews

Based on a simple philosophical premise (Alphaville is a city where emotions are not allowed, everything is based on logic, everyone has a clear purpose imposed upon him, people that believe in ideals are executed etc), Jean-Luc Godard uses an arsenal of directorial tricks to transform this into a futuristic film-noir, a surrealist collage, a humanistic elegy, an off-beat comedy etc.

In the end, Alphaville doesn't quite fully achieve it's potential. Some of the sequences look amateurish, some of the verbose scenes are too much etc. But it's a worthwhile watch for any cinephille. And even so early in his career, Godard shows a healthy desire to turn the rules upside down.


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