Alphaville 07/20/19

KL Studio Classics

Jean-Luc Godard’s most accessible film retains a strong genre framework on which to hang his cinematic/poetic notions. Eddie Constantine’s intergalactic secret agent Lemmy Caution comes to ‘the capital of pain’ to find a defector, and stays to rescue lost soul Anna Karina. Is it sci-fi noir, or just an expression of pulp thriller coolness? Raoul Coutard shot it on tricky Ilford film, and Paul Misraki’s superb thriller music provides the offbeat sentimentality. “Men roam the city…” On Blu-ray from KL Studio Classics.