Alphaville (1965 France)

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Alphaville (1965 France)

Post  BoG on Mon Feb 18, 2013 10:29 pm

What's Happening: Secret Agent must rescue or kill a scientist from computerized enemy city
Famous For: French New Wave intersects with Noir and science fiction
It's boring, it's exciting, it's boring, it's funny, it's boring, it's strange, it's boring. That's Alphaville if you watch it for the content. If you watch it for the style, it's engaging throughout. Set in the near-future dystopia of Alphaville run by a sort of Big Brother computer called Alpha 60, Godard's film was shot on location in Paris, but only the most modern Bauhaus-style buildings were shown, only the most modern interiors. It's glass and concrete, with almost every contour line a vertical or horizontal, very few curves. All scenes are either indoors or at night, interspersed with analog or neon flashing lights. The film touches on philosophy, sociology, and politics. I'm sure we're not supposed to take it too seriously, but I picked up on the "Capital of Pain" poetry compilation, a forbidden book in Alpha 60' s logical emotionless world. The title of this poetry collection is perhaps a reminder that in a world of freewill, there must be unhappiness. Aldous Huxley's Brave New World made a similar point.

Goldweber, David Elroy (2012-06-14). Claws & Saucers: Science Fiction, Horror, and Fantasy Film: A Complete Guide: 1902-1982 (Kindle Locations 1451-1478). David E. Goldweber. Kindle Edition.

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