Review: Jean-luc Godard's "Alphaville" (1965) Starring Eddie Constantine; Kino Lorber Blu-ray Special Edition

“The Future Is Now”

By Raymond Benson

If you’re familiar with the work of that French New Wave revolutionary, Jean-Luc Godard, you may not think that he was the type of filmmaker who would make a science fiction film. He did, though, in 1965, and he merged the genre with that of film noir to create a unique hybrid that also contains many of the jarring stylistic elements with which Godard loves to bombard his audiences.

Godard was the “bad boy” of the French New Wave. He seemed to take pleasure in angering viewers and being controversial by choice. That said, though, there is much in Godard’s canon that can be not only shocking and challenging, but truly wonderful.

Such is the case with Alphaville.

Western audiences may not be familiar with the character of Lemmy Caution. He’s a private investigator of the Philip Marlowe/Sam Spade type,

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