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Alphaville

Alphaville

Director:Jean-Luc Godard
Cast:Eddie Constantine
Genre:Film, Science fiction

By Luisa F. Ribeiro | Posted

"Silence. Logic. Security. Prudence." Those are the words that greet secret agent Lemmy Caution (tough-faced Eddie Constantine), who travels across galaxies from the Lands Without to arrive at the weirdly dated yet futuristic world created by French New Wave master Jean-Luc Godard. Despite Caution's clichéd fedora and trench coat (so foolish they're cool), his sleek Ford Galaxy (of course) and obsession with lighters and flash photography help keep the plot of 1965's Alphaville determinedly but coyly mystifying. The story concerns the rescue of a professor hidden in an all-too-human world peppered with capitalists and communists guided by an imperious omnipotent computer (which will remind viewers of HAL from 2001: A Space Odyssey). What's it all mean? You might never be sure, but Godard's hip sleekness makes it kinda fun to try to find out. As Caution would say, it's all poetry.

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