Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Godard's Science Fiction Entry

by Jean-Luc Godard

Godard takes on the science fiction genre and mixes it with film noir decades before Blade Runner, but being Godard, he does it with a sense of humour and virtuoso shooting. Every now and then I would be amazed at the length of shots and the elaborate framing and movement. It’s a science fiction film that makes fun of the genre by throwing in nonsense names and using existing technology and locations in an sf context. In an odd and ironic way it seems more prescient than films that put a lot more effort into creating elaborate sets and props. At the core the plot is about a detective who is trying to destroy a fascist computer that controls Alphaville. It kind of slows down near the end of the film, but it’s definitely worth watching as part of Godard’s work and development.

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