Alphaville

Alphaville ★★★★½

Mischievously playful in its suggestive perspective of modernism, Alphaville observes a secret agent attempting to locate a missing person and liberate the city of Alphaville from an authoritarian regime. The portrayal of the cityscape is completely managed shrewdly by director Jean-Luc Godard from modern structural developments in Paris in the mid-sixties and assisted by Raoul Coutard’s piercing black-and-white cinematography, it convincingly but impishly amuses too, which is an aspect of Godard's filmmaking that declined in his ensuing output. 

The film spotlights an incredible performance from Eddie Constantine as he leisurely walks his way through the tangled shadows imprinted over the provided dreamlike neo-noir. He chooses to draw on Humphrey Bogart’s idiosyncrasies as the conflict embodied in the narrative between logic and emotion swirl around him. Godard doubles down on the existential atrocities of science fiction and film noir, and the result is a combination which brings into existence a timeless and entertaining movie which went on to win the Golden Bear at the 15th Berlin International Film Festival.