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Alphaville (1965)

Alphaville, une étrange aventure de Lemmy Caution (original title)
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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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Taglines:

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


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

5 May 1965 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Alphaville 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

Godard originally wanted Roland Barthes for the role of Professor von Braun. See more »

Goofs

When Lemmy shoots the man in his hotel room, smears on the mirrors from the blank cartridges' charges are plainly visible, instead of a bullet holes or broken glass. See more »

Quotes

Lemmy Caution: Yes, I am afraid of death. But for a humble secret agent, it's an everyday thing, like whiskey. And I've been drinking all my life.
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Crazy Credits

In the original version, the beginning credits flash one line at a time, each one scanning across the screen just below the last. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Pulp Fiction (1994) See more »

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Minimalism is not a crime
22 September 2004 | by doomvoxSee all my reviews

Alphaville is an attack on the syndrome of Science Fiction films full of flash and color but devoid of ideas. They intentionally took an "Our Town" attitude toward special effects -- e.g. driving along in a car, with dialog indicating that they're in a spaceship; commenting on how beautiful the stars look when you can't see anything but the glare of streetlights, and so on. If there's a problem with this movie, it's that the ideas themselves are perhaps not really all that strong; the notion of a dystopian city ruled by an all powerful computer just doesn't seem that heavy, not even taken as some sort of symbolic allegory; but on the whole I think SF cinema would be in much better shape if it had learned the lesson of Alphaville (think "La Jette"). Minimalism is not a crime, which is why I find it very annoying that I need to babble for another couple of lines to convince IMDb.com that I've said enough to be worth logging as a movie review.


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