Synopsis: Lemmy Caution, an American private-eye, arrives in Alphaville, a futuristic city on another planet. His very American character is at odds with the city's ruler, an evil scientist named Von Braun, who has outlawed love and self-expression.
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Director(s): Jean-Luc Godard
Production: Rialto Pictures
  1 win.
Rotten Tomatoes:
99 min

in love with you?

In love? What's that?

There's one thing I'd like

to know, miss.

- Yes, Mr. Johnson.

- You've finished taking me

- for an ass, or are you beginning?

- Let go of me.

But answer me.

I don't understand,

what are you talking about?

Realize, Princess. I don't know

what you're talking about either.

It's always like that.

You never understand anything.

Yes, it's always like that.

You never understand anything.

And one night,

you end it in death.

- Which way are you going?

- 12, Enrico Fermi.

That's after Heisenberg Boulevard,

not far from Mathematical Park.

I have a car, I can give you

a lift, if you wish. - OK.

I'll get the keys.

- You don't want me to court you?

- What?

You really don't know

what it means?

Her smile and her small,

pointed teeth

reminded me of the old

vampire films,

the sort they used to show

at cinerama museums.

I'm a programmer, second class.

Natasha's a name from the past.

Yes, but in life, one can

only know the present.

No one's lived in the past,

or will live in the future.

Thanks for the lift, anyway.

It's a pleasure to do my job,

Mr. Johnson.

It's much farther?

You know we must cross

the North Zone, Miss.

What's the population

of Alphaville?

Don't forget, you must go

to Residents Control.


What exactly do you do

for a living?

I work

for a newspaper.

Professor Vonbraun is

your father?

It's vital that I write about him;

Could you arrange a meeting?

I don't know. I've never seen him.

I'll ask.

Finally, I leave you.

- Here?

- I've changed my mind.

You have the address?

Yes. Tell him to stop.


I'd like to telecommunicate.

- Galaxy or local call?

- Local.

Cabin 2.

Miss, do you know that man?

Of course I know him.

Don't be stupid.

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Jean-Luc Godard

Jean-Luc Godard (French: [ʒɑ̃lyk ɡɔdaʁ]; born 3 December 1930) is a French-Swiss film director, screenwriter and film critic. He rose to prominence as a pioneer of the 1960s French New Wave film movement.Like his New Wave contemporaries, Godard criticized mainstream French cinema's "Tradition of Quality", which "emphasized craft over innovation, privileged established directors over new directors, and preferred the great works of the past to experimentation." As a result of such argument, he and like-minded critics started to make their own films. Many of Godard's films challenge the conventions of traditional Hollywood in addition to French cinema. In 1964, Godard described his and his colleagues' impact: "We barged into the cinema like cavemen into the Versailles of Louis XV." He is often considered the most radical French filmmaker of the 1960s and 1970s; his approach in film conventions, politics and philosophies made him arguably the most influential director of the French New Wave. Along with showing knowledge of film history through homages and references, several of his films expressed his political views; he was an avid reader of existential and Marxist philosophy. Since the New Wave, his politics have been much less radical and his recent films are about representation and human conflict from a humanist, and a Marxist perspective.In a 2002 Sight & Sound poll, Godard ranked third in the critics' top-ten directors of all time (which was put together by assembling the directors of the individual films for which the critics voted). He is said to have "created one of the largest bodies of critical analysis of any filmmaker since the mid-twentieth century." He and his work have been central to narrative theory and have "challenged both commercial narrative cinema norms and film criticism's vocabulary." In 2010, Godard was awarded an Academy Honorary Award, but did not attend the award ceremony. Godard's films have inspired many directors including Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, Brian De Palma, Steven Soderbergh, D. A. Pennebaker, Robert Altman, Jim Jarmusch, Wong Kar-wai, Wim Wenders, Bernardo Bertolucci, and Pier Paolo Pasolini.From his father, he is the cousin of Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, former President of Peru. He has been married twice, to actresses Anna Karina and Anne Wiazemsky, both of whom starred in several of his films. His collaborations with Karina—which included such critically acclaimed films as Bande à part (1964) and Pierrot le Fou (1965)—was called "arguably the most influential body of work in the history of cinema" by Filmmaker magazine. more…

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