[Watch] Video Essay Exploring High and Low Art in Jean-Luc Godard’s Alphaville


Video Essay Exploring High and Low Art in Jean-Luc Godard’s Alphaville: With my Film Finds video series, I take a look at my obscure favourites that deserve a bigger audience. These can range anywhere from experimental films to overlooked classics to critical darlings that rarely get the attention they deserve. But, above any other label, these are all films I consider to be fantastic works of cinema. None of these films is for everyone (as is any film), but I’m sure you’ll discover a few new favourites through this series!


In the video below, I take a look at Jean-Luc Godard’s Alphaville. Released in 1965, Alphaville is Jean-Luc Godard’s take on the film noir and sci-fi genres. Being a film by Godard, expect all rules of cinema to be thrown out the window.

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With Alphaville, Godard manages an astonishing feat – he has made a science fiction film with little visual semblance to the narrative it implies, but it eventually wraps back around to become a compelling story despite its intentional visual limitations. This is truly science fiction as only Godard could present, a mad auteur who wants to question every rule of cinema some people view as inherent. To find out more, check out the video below.

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