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In Alphaville, Jean-Luc Godard fuses a hardboiled detective story with science fiction. Lemmy Caution (Eddie Constantine), a hero Godard borrowed from a series of French adventure films, comes to Alphaville, the capital of a totalitarian state, in order to destroy its leader, an almost-human computer called Alpha 60. While on his mission, Lemmy meets and falls in love with Natacha (Anna Karina), the daughter of the scientist who designed Alpha 60. Their love becomes the most profound challenge to the computer's control. Void of any flashy special effects, Alphaville uses 1960s Paris to… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

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"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."
‑ Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News
"Despite its age it's that rare science fiction film that doesn't seem to have dated at all."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"Both derivative and prophetic, this New Wave dystopian fable both looks back at the history of cinema and forward to its future. Hail, Lemmy Caution, father of Rick Deckard."
‑ James Verniere, Boston Herald
"One of [Godard's] most entertaining movies is also one of his most timeless."
‑ Ray Pride, Newcity
"It may mean absolutely nothing, but it's undeniably one interesting ride -- across universes in a Ford Galaxy."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Nothing about this strange, moving work of agit-pop has ever seemed out of date.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."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"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."
‑ Richard Brody, New Yorker
"Science fiction meets film noir in a way that made possible the existence of Blade Runner, The Terminator and countless other books and films."
‑ Marc Mohan, Oregonian
"Its melding of classic Hollywood archetypes and a terrifying future was ahead of its time when it was released. Five decades later, filmmakers are still trying to catch up."
‑ AP Kryza, Willamette Week
"Modern audiences may be tempted to overlook the significance of Goddard's groundbreaking vision but that doesn't detract from its powerful influence on film and pop culture."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"A bracing salute to American gangster pics, with a jumpy European post-war uncertainty thrown in."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"No movie, not even Breathless, better exemplifies the syncretic quality of Godard's early genius."
‑ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"Although this is drastically different compared to the rest of Godard's oeuvre, it has without a doubt had a lasting impact with its ground-breaking visuals."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
"If an iPod commercial had a nightmare, it would look like Alphaville"
‑ Jake Mulligan, Movie Mezzanine
"The haunting imagery and dystopian vision of Alphaville deserves comparison to Fritz Lang's Metropolis"
‑ Dan Jardine, Cinemania
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