Alphaville (1965)

Not Rated   |    |  Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

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A U.S. secret agent is sent to the distant space city of Alphaville where he must find a missing person and free the city from its tyrannical ruler.




  • Eddie Constantine and Howard Vernon in Alphaville (1965)
  • Eddie Constantine and Anna Karina in Alphaville (1965)
  • Eddie Constantine in Alphaville (1965)
  • Eddie Constantine in Alphaville (1965)
  • Valérie Boisgel and Akim Tamiroff in Alphaville (1965)
  • Alphaville (1965)

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22 September 2004 | doomvox
Minimalism is not a crime
Alphaville is an attack on the syndrome of Science Fiction films full of flash and color but devoid of ideas. They intentionally took an "Our Town" attitude toward special effects -- e.g. driving along in a car, with dialog indicating that they're in a spaceship; commenting on how beautiful the stars look when you can't see anything but the glare of streetlights, and so on. If there's a problem with this movie, it's that the ideas themselves are perhaps not really all that strong; the notion of a dystopian city ruled by an all powerful computer just doesn't seem that heavy, not even taken as some sort of symbolic allegory; but on the whole I think SF cinema would be in much better shape if it had learned the lesson of Alphaville (think "La Jette"). Minimalism is not a crime, which is why I find it very annoying that I need to babble for another couple of lines to convince that I've said enough to be worth logging as a movie review.

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Release Date:

5 May 1965


French, English

Country of Origin

France, Italy

Filming Locations

Boulevard Périphérique in Paris, France

Box Office


$220,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,298 9 February 2014

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:


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