Alphaville (Re) Cert. PG Picture house at FACT

  • Released1965
  • Running time99 minutes
  • DirectorJean Luc Godard
  • CastAnna Karina

The Double Negative presents: Alphaville (PG)
99 mins
1965 / Dir. Jean-Luc Godard
French with Subtitles

Perhaps the first, and only, pop-art sci-fi, Jean Luc Godard’s Alphaville offers a wonderfully stylised glimpse into a dystopian future. Godard memorably transformed 60s Paris into a city of the future without using any special effects.

A cockeyed fusion of science fiction, pulp characters, and surrealist poetry, Godard’s irreverent journey to the mysterious Alphaville remains one of the least conventional films of all time. Eddie Constantine stars as intergalactic hero Lemmy Caution, on a mission to kill the inventor of fascist computer Alpha 60.

This film has been chosen as it heavily influences the chaotically dystopian feel of the exhibition Science Ficiton: New Death, particularly the exhibition design, created by local collective The Kazimier. This design with its ‘hidden room’ and endless corridors could have been taken directly from the filmset, with its unsettling, disruptive feel. As befits a study of a totalitarian state, much of the film takes place in long, bureaucratic corridors and its characters become lost within labyrinths of power.

This screening includes a special introduction from The Double Negative arts magazine and University of Liverpool.

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