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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.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Lemmy Caution
... Natacha von Braun
... 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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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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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Inspired the name of the German rock group Alphaville. See more »

Goofs

After Lemmy has shot Professor Vonbraun, he runs down a staircase and throws open a glass door. As he does so, the reflection of the cameraman can be seen clearly in the door. See more »

Quotes

Alpha 60: Time is like a circle which is endlessly described. The declining arc is the past. The inclining arc is the future.
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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 »

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Referenced in Colossal Youth (2018) See more »

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My brief review of the film
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An excessively weird although constantly engaging futuristic film, there is plenty to enjoy in it, even though it is a bit hard to understand. Godard makes brilliant use of shadows and lighting to set up a scary atmosphere, and negative images are used effectively throughout to create a sense of awe and provide a feeling of a foreign environment. The sets are very creative, taken from existing buildings in France, and the music used throughout the film fits in delightfully. At times the film bears a bit too much resemblance to Orwell's '1984' to stand on its own two feet, and there might be a few other problems for the nit-picky, but I simply found this to be a fascinating and well made film, and it definitely comes recommended if you simply feel like watching something different for a change.


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