A surreal missing person case sends an American private investigator by the name of Lemmy Caution on an interplanetary journey to the futuristic city of Alphaville, where he becomes at odds with the sinister ruler of the town.
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Alphaville is a movie about a dystopian totalitarian nation, ruled by a machine, where all the emotions are banned, like poetry and love; questioning the "unquestionable" it is, as well, not allowed and some words are completely forbidden. The concept of "the big brother is watching you" by George Orwell is completely there.
True gem! It's a VERY interesting and rare mix of sci-fi and noir and a few other elements. The setting is sci-fi, but surprisingly it's very philosophical, asking questions about time, about the fact that even if only the present (now) is what's actually existing and real, yet somehow many think most about past...It's very much poetical, focused around people, feelings, logic vs emotions... Excellent cast!
Alphaville, one of Duchamp's favorite movies, only pretends to be a silly imitation of a futuristic dystopia. In fact, it's a hellishly intelligent, layered essay on both science fiction and the ambivalent 1960's themselves. It pays a thoughtful homage to the yet unrecognized genre's past and foreshadows its future (as well as our all too real present). Dense and stylish, watching it once is simply not an option.