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Clementine K.'s avatar

Clementine K.

Anna Karina is particularly beautiful in this.
8 years 1 month ago
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san tonio

sci-fi poetry.
10 years ago
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NuclearPlanet

I just love how nothing makes sense.
11 years ago
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locovoco

I think Hal 9000 and Alpha 60 were once married which is how Darth Vader was born...
7 years 4 months ago
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Siskoid

Boy, do I hate Jean-Luc Godard. I can appreciate his fearless experimentalism, but generally find the results amateurish-looking, thematically or tonally incoherent, and more than a little pretentious. Alphaville isn't as bad as some, i.e. I didn't bail after the first act, but it still annoyed the heck out of me. It's a film noir set in a future that looks exactly like the present, where continents are referred to as galaxies, but the Cold War wasn't too long ago. In Alphaville, emotions have been outlawed and a computer runs things. Maybe love is the way out of this Orwellian nightmare, but the lead is even less emotional than the natives, so I don't know. While there are some exciting pieces of film making - the lean and mean gun fights, for example - the sound design is horrendous. The "tan-tan-tannnn" suspense music turns the film into a parody (it doesn't help that characters have names like Heckle and Jeckle), but not in any way a funny one. The computer voice sounds wet and phlegmy, which is repulsive and bizarre. And generally, the environments are full of echo and voices get a little lost. And as usual with Godard, characters have a tendency to spout poetry and philosophy with Brechtian apathy. Alphaville shows up in a lot of later film's DNA - Godard's films are a gold mine for young directors looking for cool ideas - but I don't think the ideas come together very well. Anyone who poaches elements from Godard stands a good chance of using them better than he did.
5 years 3 months ago
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acolthart

this is like all the student films in the world rolled into one
11 years ago
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Neville

A show-off film-noir melodrama spoof, with added existentialist philosophy and Leftist politics ...
13 years 2 months ago
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Darth Karcher

can't believe this mess was made by the same guy that made a masterpiece like contempt
1 year 5 months ago
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the3rdman

One time I tried watching it and I fell asleep, but I finished it on the second attempt and it was pretty good. I'm not really sure what exactly is weird about this film, it's pretty straightforward...
12 years 5 months ago
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Jonathan_Hutchings

Godard, at the height of his powers.
12 years 8 months ago
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daisyaday

Got a light?
12 years 8 months ago
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Windill

Weird anticipation movie.
There is a funny fight scene in the first 10 minutes. Beyond, it's just a sequence of scenes that are either boring or ridiculous, sometimes both. It's so pretentious that you would laugh out loud if you weren't losing your time. It's also disgustingly machist.
5 years 1 month ago
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Woliver

I really suffer seeing this, just loved the first 30 seconds, but the rest of it is a bad script and direction work. Hardcore Boring.
12 years 10 months ago
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Mhrass

Greatness!!
10 years 5 months ago
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kurvduam

(removed by mod: please post in English)
8 years ago

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