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


reality is too complex

for oral communication.

But legend embodies it

in a form

which enables it to spread

all over the world.

It was 24:
17, Oceanic Time

when I approached

the suburbs of Alphaville.

Silence. Logic.

Security. Prudence.

My paper reserved

a room for me:

- You are?

- Ivan Johnson.

- Which paper?

- Figaro-Pravda.

Room 344. Have you registered

at Residents Control?

You must, even if you're

a Festival visitor.

Your bag, sir.

- Please, sir.

- Nothing. Get lost.

This way, sir.

You're tired, sir?

You wish to sleep, sir?

It's this way, sir.

If you're tired,

you can rest, sir.

Here it is, sir.

The bedroom's here, sir.

- What are you looking for now?

- I'm checking if the Bible's here.

- Everyone has one.

- Do you believe that?

Yes, of course.

I'll leave you the tranquillizers

in the bathroom.

I'm very well.

Thank you so very much.

- Are you going to take a bath, sir?

- Yes, I must reflect.

I'll help you, sir.

And your tie, sir.

- Now what? - I'll take a bath

with you, sir, if you like.

Listen, doll, I'm a big boy.

I can find dames all alone.

Now get lost.

Be polite to the ladies,

Mr. Johnson.

Sh*t. Now what?

This kid doesn't please you?

And your sister, sir?

- I'm getting out of shape.

- What sir?

What's going on here?

Are you on drugs or what?

No, it's normal, sir.

All things weird are normal

in this whore of cities.

Sit in that chair.

Her name was Beatrice.

She said she was a seductress,

third class.

I was struck by the sadness

and durability of her face.

Something's not in orbit

in the capital of this Galaxy.

Hold this up.

Not bad for a veteran

of Guadalcanal.

Just what I was thinking

about you.

Go play your games

with someone else.

I've heard it before.

Yes? Mr. Johnson.

Miss Natasha Vonbraun

calls for you.

Just a moment, please.

Leonard Von Braun, inventor

of the death ray

bring back alive, or liquidate.

Tell her to wait,

I'll be down in 5 minutes.

She's on her way up.

Henry Dickson, Agent X21,

12, Enrico Fermi, Alphaville.

Got a light?

I've traveled 9,000 kilometers

to give it to you.

- I'm Natasha Vonbraun.

- Yes, I know.

How do you know?

You are Miss Vonbraun.

Yes, I'm very well,

thank you so very much.

You come from the Outlands,

Mr. Johnson?

- Everything to your satisfaction?

- Yes.

I've been ordered to stay

in your service

during your stay in Alphaville.

Who ordered you?

The authorities, of course.

You came for the festival,

Mr. Johnson?

Which festival?

The big one; that's why people

from the Outlands come.

- In my opinion, it's silly

you did not. - Why?

The festival's nearly over;

No more until next year.

You don't say.

Yes, Mr. Johnson.

But this evening,

there's a gala reception.

Very big.

At a ministry. I'm going;

come if you like.


What time? I must attend

to something else first.

You must go to

Residents Control registration?

No. What's that?

You mustn't forget to go there,

Mr. Johnson. We can meet afterwards.

No, I'll go there tomorrow.

First I must meet a friend.

Me too, I've work to do.

I'll give you the address

where I'll be.

Call for me

and we'll go together.

OK. In an hour or two.

All right, see you later,

Mr. Johnson.

I'll go down with you, miss.

Mr. Johnson, what's it like

in the Outlands?

You've never been?

No, but my father told me about

them when I was little.

Now it's forbidden to think

about them.

Are you often ordered

to stay with strangers?

- Yes, it's my job.

- Sometimes, it must be nice.

- Why?

- You never have love affairs?

- What? - Has no one ever fallen

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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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