Moviedrome Mondays: Alphaville (1965)

I have posted a youtube video link below to Moviedrome presenter Alex Cox’s intro to legendary French New Wave filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard’s 1965 science-fiction mystery Alphaville. My readers can also read Cox’s transcript here. The episode’s original airdate was July 30, 1989 (read here). Taking into account Raoul Coutard’s black-and-white cinematography and the image of American actor Eddie Constantine as a trenchcoat-clad detective, Alphaville may also be Godard’s way of paying homage to 1940’s film-noir. As usual, Godard manages to say a lot on many things of the film -socio, political or otherwise. Equally impressive is Godard’s reliance on actual locations, as opposed to building futuristic sets. Since modernistic glass and concrete buildings were new at the time (read here), Godard decided to stick with this. Whether it was due to budgetary restraints or not, he managed to make this viewer feel that it was visually convincing dystopian future. If any of you readers are interested in reading my list of my favorite Jean-Luc Godard films, read here.

Here is a youtube video link to Alex Cox’s Moviedrome intro of Alphaville

Here is a youtube video link to (what I believe) was the original theatrical trailer for the French market

Here is a youtube link to (what I believe) is a 2014 revival trailer for the American market


My Favorite Jean-Luc Godard Films (Revised and Updated)

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1.   Goodbye to Language (2014)

2.   Nouvelle Vague (1990)
(I watched it on youtube)

3.   Made in U.S.A. (1966)

4.   Masulin Feminin (1966)

5.   Weekend (1967)

6.   Film Socialisme (2010)

7.   Every Man for Himself (1980)

8.   In Praise of Love (2001)

9.   Two or Three Things I Know About Her (1967)

10. JLG/JLG – Self-Portrait in December (1994)
(I watched it on an old VHS Tape)

11. La Chinoise (1967)

12. Notre musique (2004)

13. Detective (1985)

14. The Carabiniers (1963)

15. King Lear (1987)
(I watched it on an old VHS Tape)

16. The Little Soldier (1960)

17. Hail Mary (1985)

18. A Married Woman (1964)

19. Passion (1982)

20. Pierrot le fou (1965)

21. First Name: Carmen (1983)

22. Vivre sa vie (1962)

23. Number Two (1975)

24. Contempt (1963)

25. Here and Elsewhere (1974)

26. Alphaville (1965)

27. Tout Va Bien (1972)

28. Breathless (1960)

29. Joy of Learning (1969)

30. Band of Outsiders (1964)

31. Sympathy for the Devil (1968)
(Concert Film/Documentary)

32. A Woman Is A Woman (1961)

33. Oh Woe Is Me (1993)

34. For Ever Mozart (1996)

35. Keep Your Right Up (1987)