La science-fiction selon Godard : un mélange de "1984" et du "Meilleur des Mondes", une absence totale d'effets spéciaux hormis quelques images en négatif, un humour absurde digne de Kafka… Indéniablement originale dans sa forme, cette réflexion sur un futur contrôlé par une machine à la "logique" implacable (et un pouvoir totalitaire) reste forte. Certains effets comiques et poétiques vieillissent un peu moins bien…
I had such high expectations for this sci-fi, dystopian, noir film. I liked the aesthetic, the staging, the effects especially for a film in the 70s. However, it was ultimately not for me because it was just "too masculine" (i.e. violent + sexualizing women). I just don't see the point overall. This was a miss for me but it might be interesting and worth the watch for others. I'm kind of on the fence with my rating.
Worth seeing just to see how it inspired Blade Runner. Its Brechtian challenge for the audience to imagine a lot of its sci fi world is fun and a good way of working around the budget. I loved the Alpha's "computer" voice and how it permeates the movie and spits Borges quotes. Anna Karina is lovable as usual. Constantine as the protagonist Lemmy Caution deterred me though. He is too typically masculine and violent.
Again, Godard spells out his ideas too didactically at moments, but overall this is beautiful, intelligent filmmaking. Form and content are especially matched here, both in the use of the negative film strip and the lighting patterns, generally. Don't let logic and technology win: they'll crush your soul!
I do not think this film communicated any particularly interesting philosophical ideas, i do not think it was beauitful (other than the main actress) and i think it was far from believable and immersive. Pretty flabbergasted as to how it has received so much praise. A surreal, self indulgent french film.
"Your voice, your eyes, your hands, your lips. Our silences, our words. Light that goes, light that returns. A single smile between us. In quest of knowledge, I watched the night create day while we seemed unchanged. O beloved of all, beloved of one alone, your mouth silently promised to be happy." Can you marry lines of a script? If you could, I would marry the lines in Alphaville. So much yes.
Not my favorite Godard. Lemmy's craggy face holds your interest for a bit of time but his deadpan parody performance of classic film noir/hardboiled detectives gets old quickly. Anna Karina seems distracted and detached. ‘’Reality is too complex. What it needs is fiction to make it real,” says the computer. Not real enough.