Cine-Club: Alphaville

Cine-Club: Alphaville


Sunday, October 17 at 1:00 p.m.
Free for members / $10 Non-members
This event takes place online - Zoom links will be emailed Saturday evening

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For more information on how to participate in Ciné-Club, please see the "about" section at the bottom of this page.

The New Wave goes sci-fi! For the beginning of our seasonal descent into the surreal, we'll be taking a look at a foreboding cult classic that recasts the modernist landscape of 1960s Paris as the Orwellian corridors of a futuristic dystopia. Join us this Sunday as we take on Jean-Luc Godard's neo-noir detective adventure ... 

Alphaville (1965)

Rent on YouTube, Vudu, or Amazon Prime

Hard-boiled secret agent Lemmy Caution (yes, that's really his name) is a man on a mission - a mission that's taking him undercover into the heart of the computer-ruled dictatorship of Alphaville. Assuming the guise of a humble journalist, Caution is tasked with infiltrating the futuristic city - a dystopian technocracy where emotion and art have been banned - and destroying its authoritarian figurehead, a sentient computer program named Alpha 60. He'll need to get close to its chief programmer to do so (and maybe even closer to said programmer's daughter) and manage to keep his cover in a world where even the smallest of passions is fiercely punished. Can Lemmy save the citizens of Alphaville from their cold, hypermodern police state?

A cool-as-ice genre mashup of sci-fi, noir, and the artsy philosophical sensibilities of the Nouvelle Vague, Godard's unconventional detective film is surprisingly minimalist in its staging of a futuristic dystopia, letting the alienating sleekness of the "new Paris" and its modernist, glass-and-metal architecture do most of the talking. It's stylish, cerebral, at times silly, and very, very French. Let's talk about it! 

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ABOUT CINÉ CLUB:

Isn’t it time you caught up on all those French classics you’ve been meaning to watch? If you’re a cinéphilefrancophile, or just looking for some fun conversation in these isolating times, we’ve got you covered.
Each week, we’ll reveal the film up for discussion by Wednesday on our social media and the events page of our website. We’ll also include some context to consider while watching, and some links for where to view it. You’ll have the rest of the week to watch the film independently and then we’ll group up online via Zoom on Sunday at 1:00 PM CST to discuss. 

For the sake of inclusivity, the discussion will be in English. When you register, we’ll send you a link for accessing the conversation group. Come full of thoughts or just full of ramblings – we’ll take either, or both! 

Discussion will be led by Matthew Jackson, curator and animateur of the Ciné-Club since its début in March of 2020. Matthew studied film at the University of Chicago and also moderates film groups for the Italian-American Heritage Society of Chicago and San Francisco's Queer Fear horror meetup group