Having appeared as novelist Peter Cheyney’s private eye Lemmy Caution in a series of French films in the 1950s and 1960s, US actor Eddie Constantine reprised his screen persona for Jean-Luc Godard’s 1965 futuristic homage, Alphaville, which is now available as part of StudioCanal’s Jean-Luc Godard The Essential Blu-ray Collection.
When a fellow secret agent disappears, Lemmy Caution sets out to the über-modernist city of Alphaville. His mission: to locate his old pal; destroy the sentient Alpha 60 computer, which is holding the city under totalitarian control; and apprehend its creator, Professor von Braun (Howard Vernon). With the assistance of von Braun’s programmer daughter Natacha (Anna Karina), can Lemmy rage against the machine or will he be assimilated?
Winner of the Golden Bear award at the Berlin Film Festival in 1965, Alphaville (Cert PG, 95min) is available on StudioCanal’s Jean-Luc Godard The Essential Blu-ray Collection five-disc box set alongside Breathless, Le Mépris, Pierrot Le Fou, and Une Femme est Une Femme. The special features on this release include an interview with Anna Karina, an introduction by Colin McCabe, poster gallery and a trailer.