Alphaville and its Relevance

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Are you a sci-fi fan? Do you like old movies from the 60’s because every other time period of cinema is ‘just too commercialized’? Are you a student of Griffith University?

Well, if you are a sci-fi-fanboy/girl-non-conformist-liberal-Griffith student with a fascination for 1960’s cinema then you’re in luck. If you fit into this category I wouldn’t be so naive as to think that you wouldn’t have obviously seen Jean-Luc Godard’s Alphaville, *gasp*, totally, of course….

Know-it-all’s aside, and for those who don’t know, Alphabille is a 1965 French science fiction noir film dirceted by Jean-Luc Godard.

Synopsis: Government agent Lemmy Caution (Eddie Constantine) is dispatched on a secret mission to Alphaville, a dystopian metropolis in a distant corner of the galaxy. Caution is hot on the trail of rogue agent Henri Dickson (Akim Tamiroff) and a scientist named Von Braun, the creator of Alpha 60, a computer that uses mind control to rule over residents of Alphaville. Caution is aided in his quest to destroy the despotic computer ruler by Von Braun’s own daughter, Natacha (Anna Karina). (IMDB 2015) 

If you are genuinely interested in Alphaville and it’s relevance in cinema then hunting down these books is recommended. Also provided are a few handy bibliography references just in case you’re a film student and this is your jam.

  1. At Nathan Campus you’ll find Italian Neorealism and Global Cinema.Ruberto, LE, Wilson, KM 2007, Italian neorealism and global cinema, Wayne State University Press, viewed 14 August 2015, via Griffith University Classic Library Catalog.
  2. At the College of Art (South Bank) and Nathan you’ll find Everything is Cinema: The Working Life of Jean-Luc Godard.Brody, R 1958, Everything is cinema : the working life of Jean-Luc Godard, Metropolitan Books,, viewed 14 August 2015, via Griffith University Classic Library Catalog.
  3. and at the College of Art (South Bank) you’ll also find The Philosophy of Science Fiction Film.Sanders, SM 2008, The philosophy of science fiction film, University Press of Kentucky, viewed 14 August 2015, via Griffith University Classic Library Catalog.

Now go. Indulge in your liberal 1960’s french-noir-sci-fi film fantasies!


Alphaville, image, n.d., viewed 21 August 2015, <;

IMDB 2015, Alphaville, 1965, viewed 21 August 2015, <;


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