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Alphaville

My teenage introduction to art film culture was something of a science fiction auteur-detour (R2-D2?). I discovered Alphaville at a tiny art theater above the Fox Riverside, where Gone with the Wind had previewed in 1939. I bought the filmscript book to understand what the heck was going on… and slowly began to appreciate Jean-Luc Godard. Fifty-two years later I can’t claim a complete understanding, but I’m certain that the ‘étrange aventure’ of Lemmy Caution is as original a film, of any kind, that I’ve ever seen.

Alphaville

Blu-ray

Kl Studio Classics

1965 / B&w / 1:37 flat Academy / 99 min. / Alphaville, une étrange aventure de Lemmy Caution / Street Date July 9, 2019 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95

Starring: Eddie Constantine, Anna Karina, Akim Tamiroff, Howard Vernon, Michael Delahaye, Christa Lang, Jean-Pierre Leaud.

Cinematography: Raoul Coutard

Film Editor: Agnès Guillemot

Original Music: Paul Misraki

Poems by Paul Éluard

Produced by André Michelin

Written

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