Alphaville, une étrange aventure de Lemmy Caution 1965

Critics score:
90 / 100

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Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader: It remains an outstanding example of the filmmaker's power to transform an environment through the selection of detail: everything in it is familiar, but nothing is recognizable. Read more

Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News: It's so archly intellectual that you fear it might splinter if you poke it in the ribs. It's also endlessly playful in its worship of American movie tropes, and deeply resourceful. Read more

Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times: Despite its age it's that rare science fiction film that doesn't seem to have dated at all. Read more

Richard Brody, New Yorker: It's one of the great cinematic works of romanticism, as well as a sort of filmed revelation of the very essence of science-fiction movies and German silent classics -- their blend of social critique, emotional liberation, and paranoia. Read more

Bosley Crowther, New York Times: Mr. Godard's conclusion that love -- good old love -- conquers all is a curiously disappointing finish for such an initially promising film. Read more

Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer: A bracing salute to American gangster pics, with a jumpy European post-war uncertainty thrown in. Read more

Geoff Andrew, Time Out: One of Godard's most sheerly enjoyable movies, a dazzling amalgam of film noir and science fiction. Read more

Keith Uhlich, Time Out: Karina proves to be the beating heart of the movie, getting its piercing last line (no spoilers here). Yet it's Constantine's ravaged mug that you remember. Read more

Variety Staff, Variety: Godard again shows his uncompromising, intellectual, unorthodox methods for a pic that is both piquant and sketchy. Read more

J. Hoberman, Village Voice: No movie, not even Breathless, better exemplifies the syncretic quality of Godard's early genius. Read more

Michael Atkinson, Village Voice: Iconic in its very grain, the film toggles effortlessly between toast-dry farce and vogueing postwar hipitude, and like the balletic swimmers performing mid-pool state executions, it's a thing of insensible beauty. Read more

Ty Burr, Boston Globe: Nothing about this strange, moving work of agit-pop has ever seemed out of date. If anything, "Alphaville" moves closer to relevance with every passing year. Read more