‘Alphaville’: A Film That Feels Brand-New

The Jean-Luc Godard film “Alphaville” opened the 1965 New York Film Festival and was described as the “first successful incursion of pop art into the cinema.” The film, shot in black and white on high-speed film, takes place in the then-new Paris Business district La Défense and features a melodramatic score by Paul Misraki.

The movie, which stars hard-boiled detective Lemmy Caution played by American actor Eddie Constantine, has been restored and re-subtitled and is set to be shown at the IFC Center starting December 15th.

“Alphaville” is known for its unique blend of genres including pop art, meta-noir, and science fiction. It has been praised for its highly contemporary themes such as totalitarianism and the debasement of language and allegiance to the algorithm.

Despite polarized reactions upon its release, “Alphaville” has remained influential throughout the years, inspiring contemporary artworks and holding up remarkably well today. The film has been digitally restored and will be showing at the IFC Center in Manhattan.

Historically, “Alphaville” represents a turning point in cinematic experimentation and the infusion of pop art into film, paving the way for subsequent generations of filmmakers to explore new and unorthodox storytelling methods.

For more information and showtimes, visit ifccenter.com.

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