Utpal Borpujari

January 24, 2010

DVD Review: Alphaville

By Utpal Borpujari

Godard’s 1965 black & white film is what is called a masterpiece. Protagonist, private investigator Lemmy Caution, finds himself in strange surroundings as he reaches Alphaville in search of one Prof von Braun. Strange because the town has abolished love and made emotion punishable by death.

Alpha-60, a computer developed by von Braun, seems to control the thought of all residents of the town. Godard’s futuristic story has very little physical violence, but his masterly use of camera and lighting, and aided by a taut script, makes it a great example of cinema depicting violence of the mind.

The film’s strength comes from its narrative and characterizations. The film is complex in its structure but that does not deter it from being an exciting fare.

Alphaville; dir: Jean Luc Godard; Moser Baer/Palador; Rs 399

(Published in Deccan Herald, www.deccanherald.com, www.deccanheraldepaper.com, 24-01-2010)

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