Alphaville (1965)


Alphaville combines the genres of dystopian science fiction and film noir. There are no special effects or elaborate sets; instead, the film was shot in real locations in Paris, the night-time streets of the capital becoming the streets of Alphaville, while modernist glass and concrete buildings (in 1965 they were new and strange architectural designs) represent the city’s interiors. The film is set in a futuristic alternative present. The characters refer to twentieth century events; for example, the hero describes himself as a Guadalcanal veteran.

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  1. Along with Weekend and Made In The USA, this is probably my favourite Godard film, absolutely stunning science-fiction from the sixties that still seems incredibly fresh nearly fifty years on.


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