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French New Wave Director Jean-Luc Godard dies aged 91

Franco-Swiss director Jean-Luc Godard, known in science fiction for 1965’s neo-noir Alphaville, died at home on September 13.

Massively influential across all quarters of film, Godard’s best known work of science fiction is the 1965 neonoir Alphaville – or Alphaville: une étrange aventure de Lemmy Caution (Alphaville: A Strange Adventure of Lemmy Caution) – which starred Eddie Constantine as the secret agent Lemmy Caution, prowling a dystopia in which display of emotion has been outlawed.

Writing for the BFI on the occasion of the film’s 50th anniversary in 2015, Barry Keith Grant commented:

“As is typical of Godard’s early work, the story is a pretext for an investigation of a variety of artistic, philosophical and political issues, including the nature and function of art, the power of language, and the relation [between] ideology and culture – issues that came increasingly to the fore as Godard’s career grew more overtly political in the late 1960s.”

Barry Keith Grant, Jean-Luc Godard’s dystopian sci-fi classic Alphaville turns 50 (BFI)
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