Alphaville (1965)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 5, 1965
DVD Release Date: October 20, 1998
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Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: While Alphaville is by no means a conventional sci-fi film, Jean-Luc Godard creates a witty, noir-ish future all his own.

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.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

Despite its age it's that rare science fiction film that doesn't seem to have dated at all.

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James Verniere
Boston Herald

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.

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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Nothing about this strange, moving work of agit-pop has ever seemed out of date.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.

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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.

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Marc Mohan

Science fiction meets film noir in a way that made possible the existence of Blade Runner, The Terminator and countless other books and films.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

A bracing salute to American gangster pics, with a jumpy European post-war uncertainty thrown in.

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J. Hoberman
Village Voice

No movie, not even Breathless, better exemplifies the syncretic quality of Godard's early genius.

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David Parkinson
Empire Magazine

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
I think I gotta watch this a few more times.
Lorenzo von Matterhorn
<i>"Time is the substance of which I am made. Time is a river which carries me along. But I am time. It's a tiger, tearing me apart; but I am… More
Matthew Roe
Combining my favorite concepts of dystopian civilizations, much on the same wave lengths as Orwell's '1984' and Huxley's 'Brave New… More
Antony Stubbs
Ace, my introduction to Nouvelle Vague, and what an experience. Noir married perfectly to paranoid sci-fi, and a great influence on my beloved Blade Runner. The… More
Randy Tippy
Technically sloppy but effective science fiction from the directorial stewardship of Jean-Luc Godard. To me, Godard is like the Jackson Pollock of filmdom - I… More
Drew Smith
Alphaville is a textured, surreal grandfather to many science fiction films before it, which makes its unchallenging ending all the more disappointing. In light… More