Alphaville (Classic Tuesdays)

Jean-Luc Godard (1965)

Eddie Constantine, Anna Karina, Akim Tamiroff Rated 12A Run time 99 mins

Constantine widens his conventional B-movie gumshoe role in this classic sci-fi/ film noir of the French New Wave. As intergalactic special agent Lemmy Caution, He is tasked with a crucial mission to Alphaville, where people are ruled by logic and where emotion is outlawed. Although set in the future on another planet, there are no special effects or elaborate sets; instead, the film was shot in real locations in Paris. Still relevant today, an iconoclastic and humorous defense of romance in a technology-driven world.

91% – Rotten Tomatoes

7 / 10 – IMDB

““Alphaville” is more than quintessential Godard. Despite its age it’s that rare science fiction film that doesn’t seem to have dated at all.”

““Alphaville” was in part about the importance of love and human connection in a world where technology was warping interpersonal contact. Those issues have not gone away, they’ve gotten stronger and more pressing with the passage of time.”

Film Review: Godard’s ‘Alphaville’ still makes a strong connection – The LA Times