Alphaville (The Criterion Collection)
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Even though Criterion released the so called widescreen edition previously (1.66:1 letterboxed), each time they re-strike a new product, they will continually consider how the specific movie is supposed to be seen. What I was told was that even though most Europeans probably saw the 1.66:1 widescreen version in the theaters when it was released, it was their belief through a lot of research and interviews, that Godard framed, and meant for the film to be in 1.33:1 - and it was the releasing company that decided on the 1.66:1 format themselves. They told me at Criterion, that neither is necessarily wrong, but that they decided to go with what they believed most suited the vision of it's maker.
I bought the DVD after hearing their explanation, and you will most likely agree with them when you view this version. From the balance of titles and words on the screen, to the way that shots are constructed (such as a sequence which is obviously intentionally composed of only gesturing hands on the edge of the frame during a conversation) I think their argument is right on the mark. Remember in this season of widescreen fever, it shouldn't be widescreen for the sake of widescreen, but to present the thing the way it was intended to be seen.
The film itself probably needs no further introduction. It is a beautiful and sad *comedy* on humanity and Humanism, touched, as all Godard's films of this period were, by his tangible love for Anna Karina - whom he photographs as if he were trying to remember forever. The poetry of Paul Eluard is used to wonderful effect in her awakening, and the film is filled with brilliant visual humour - like the swimmers, mentioned above. A stunning film, and one that seems even more daring and original now than it did when it came out - a sad reflection on the current state of cinema, where even alternative films are trying so hard to please.
Ten things I learned while watching Alphaville:
1. You can reach Alphaville just by driving a Ford Galaxie across something called "intersideral space". Who needs the Millenium Falcon?
2. Alpha-60 is a super-computer, controlling an entire futuristic metropolis, that has no defence against a guy in a trenchcoat with a .45.
3. Beautiful women are automatically included with the price of a hotel room. How can I make a reservation?
4. Professor von Braun is also known as Dr. Nosferatu. (He's also known as Dr. Orloff.)
5. Akim Tamiroff escaped from Orson Welles in The Trial (1963) and is now hiding out in Godard's Alphaville (1965).
6. Execution by bikini girls with knives in a swimming pool is the best way to go.
7. If you want to make sure someone keeps a promise, shoot them.
8. If you want to make sure someone is dead, run over their head with your Ford Galaxie.
9. Getting bounced around an elevator by the secret police is a sure way to end up on the floor.
10. The French language sounds even better when it's spoken by a guy with no voice box.
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This1965 Jean-Luc Godard film is a weirdly delightful science fiction story from one of France's most overtly political filmmakers. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Arthur Mortensen
Our computers run us today, and I found this sci-fi film to be sci-truth. We are letting our machines becoming too smart for us. Great,scary and prophetic film.Published 3 months ago by David Kersul
I expected cheesy sci-fi, but the whole premise of the movie fell flat. The only reason I even had an inkling of what was going on was because I read the Wikipedia plot. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Paul A. Sproul
Fifty years later, this is the only Godard film that holds up for me, except for maybe Masculin Feminin. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent movie. Obvious parallels to Blade Runner, Matrix, and the like.Published 9 months ago by PAT1109FA
Alphaville is a sci-fi detective story, a kind of proto-Blade Runner, with French New Wave charm (the kind which makes your favorite electronica artist probably be in love with... Read morePublished 11 months ago by rbrogan3
I'm just adding format information for the streaming version because Amazon doesn't include it in their descriptions. This is in the same 1. Read morePublished 12 months ago by intangible fancy
Viewer be aware/.. this movie is in English subtitles, has poor viewing quality, and not a good representation of the theorized story.Published 12 months ago by VinnyNY
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