ALPHAVILLE, UNE ETRANGE AVENTURE DE LEMMY CAUTION / ALPHAVILLE

SYNOPSIS
Jean-Luc Godard’s stunning eighth feature film, from 1965, is a dystopic
tale of the future told without special effects. The estranging structures
that figure so prominently in this nightmare vision of a city ruled by a
techno-fascist regime are, in fact, the modernist glass towers and
concrete buildings that were erected in Paris a few years before the
film was shot—edifices, such as the Esso Tower in La Défense, that the
director found appalling. The plot is set in motion when a secret agent
named Lemmy Caution (Eddie Constantine)—a trench-coat-wearing,
hard-bitten private eye from the “Outlands”—enters Alphaville on a twopart
mission: He is to assassinate the city’s creator, Professor von Braun
(Howard Vernon), and to destroy the sentient computer system, Alpha
60, that has banned free thought and made any display of emotion a
crime punishable by death. Joining forces with Caution is von Braun’s
daughter, Natasha (Anna Karina, Godard’s most celebrated muse),
a one-time programmer of Alpha 60 who soon finds herself utterly
destabilized by something she’s never experienced before: love, the only
force stronger than technological totalitarianism.

“One of Godard’s most sheerly enjoyable movies!”
—Tome Milne, Time Out London

DIRECTOR
Jean-Luc Godard

SCREENPLAY
Jean-Luc Godard

CAST
Eddie Constantine
Anna Karina
Akim Tamiroff
Howard Vernon

GENRE Science fiction
LANGUAGE French
RUNNING TIME 99’
PRODUCTION France, 1965
FORMAT(S) DCP, DVD

DISTRIBUTOR
Rialto Pictures