Eddie Constantine and Anna Karina in Alphaville
Lemmy Caution –“Fuck yourself with your logic.”
Tagline – Suddenly the word is Alphaville… and a secret agent is in a breathless race against the Masters of the Future.
Natacha Von Braun – “Got a light?”
Lemmy Caution – “I’ve traveled 9,000 kilometers to give it to you.”
Alpha 60 – “The acts of men carried over from past centuries will gradually destroy them logically. I, Alpha 60, am merely the logical means of this destruction.”
Alpha 60 – Time is like a circle which is endlessly described. The declining arc is the past. The inclining arc is the future.
Lemmy Caution – “Dick Tracy, is he dead?”
It looks like Earth and it sounds like Earth, but it doesn’t feel like Earth. Alphaville, Jean-Luc Godard’s idiosyncratic vision of a futuristic planet placed in an unknown location in the galaxy, doesn’t have flying cars or spaceships or fancy gadgets. Its inhabitants aren’t tall, bizarre-looking creatures with large heads; they look very much like us.
There are no elaborate sets; the style is as minimalist as it can get (this is a Godard film, after all). He shows us actual locations from Earth and wants us to imagine that this is an entirely different planet. (A similar approach will be adopted by Rainer Werner Fassbinder on World on a Wire). Any planet outside Alphaville is referred to as the “Outer Planets”, of which Earth is one – although the word ‘Earth’ is never mentioned.
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