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Alphaville: French Film Guide

Alphaville: French Film Guide
Chris Darke

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A striking black-and-white hybrid of film noir and science fiction, Alphaville (1965) is now one of the most enduringly popular of Jean-Luc Godard 's films of the 1960s. Working without sets, special effects, or even a script, Godard created a dystopian vision of a technocratic city of the future, which resonates with filmmakers today. Alphaville pits secret agent Lemmy Caution (Eddie Constantine) against Alpha 60, the super-computer that presides over a city where weeping is outlawed, poetry goes unrecognised and the words 'conscience' and 'love' have ceased to exist. Lemmy's mission is to capture the renegade scientist Professor von Braun (Howard Vernon) but is complicated when he falls in love with the Professor's ravishing daughter, Natasha (Anna Karina). In this first ever exploration of Godard's masterpiece, published on the fortieth anniversary of its release, Chris Darke uncovers the film's unique combination of genres and styles and draws on new interviews with the director's collaborators to chronicle the film's production.

Analysing Alphaville in its historical context, he also examines how the film in fluenced Godard's later work, as well as exploring Alphaville's 'afterlife' in the work of other filmmakers and artists.

Author Info

Chris Darke is a film critic, writing for The Independent, Cahiers du Cinema and Sight and Sound. He is the author of Light Readings (2000).


'Darke's book is as timely as it is superlatively written and researched... as entertaining and pleasurable to read as it is incisive.'
Time Out

'Darke brilliantly shows how this is much more than science-fiction fantasy.'
Financial Times

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd
Series: Cine-File French Film Guides

ISBN: 9781850439868
Publication Date: 03 Oct 2005
Number of Pages: 128
Height: 216
Width: 134

ISBN: 9781845112189
Publication Date: 03 Oct 2005

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