A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Alphaville at 24 frames per second

This is still the future in 1965

"The truth is that there is no terror untempered by some great moral idea."
Jean-Luc Godard
Dystopian Science Fiction, Surrealist Poetry, gratuitous Film Noir sensibilities, a Nazi-esque mad scientist who was once named Nosferatu, a seductress third class, Alpha 60 the tyrannical vampiric-computer ruler of an oppressive City of the Future—only in a French movie from 1965. Only in a French Science Fiction-Noir movie by Jean Luc Godard.  I hope they have this available at Netflix. I very much want to watch it again--it's been too long.


What an incredibly strange and wonderful thing to re-discover in-between The Machine Stops and Doctor Mabuse. Truly. Researching things for this blog just gets more fun every week.

Here's a clip from Youtube:

 
Cool stuff.
 
Here're some links to help you track down more Alphaville goodness:
and, just for the heck of it...

2 comments:

  1. Alphaville is a very weird experience, though, because of Godard's decision to do science fiction with almost zero SF set design or special effects. It cracks me up when Lemmy Caution says "I'm flying in my spaceship to the next galaxy" and we see him driving an ordinary car down the streets of Paris.

    And even after several watchings, I didn't realize the women in bathing suits were supposed to be mutant shark girls, until I read about it somewhere.

    ReplyDelete
  2. @Talysman: Yep: Very Weird. You're right about the sequence with the car--it's something of a joke. The complete lack of expected SciFi sets and costumes is peculiar and it lends an unsettling sort of weirdness that subverts conventions and expectations. That'd be Goddard's stab towards surrealism, I guess.
    Like yourself, I was unaware that the women were supposed to be mutant shark-girls either. It wasn't obvious. But then that's one of Goddard's big things--he was quoted as saying something along the lines of 'when you eat a potato, you don't feel or taste all the atoms.' He doesn't like the American emphasis on people 'getting it' and that makes this movie both very intriguing and somewhat challenging at the same time. I much prefer Terry Gilliam's over-the-top excess of spectacle like in Brazil, myself, but this is one of those movies that has exerted a powerful, deep influence, so I chose to start with it. The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari will be coming soon, and that one will be much more amenable to developing gaming tropes, etc.

    ReplyDelete

Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...