in about 100 words or less
France 99m, B&W
Director: Jean-Luc Godard; Cast: Eddie Constantine, Anna Karina, Akim Tamiroff, Howard Vernon
The future never looked as bleak as in Godard’s amusing and highly influential retro film noir styled science fiction love story. Set on a distant plant that resembles 1960s Paris, the production’s distinctive look is delivered with fluid camera movements that follow the hardboiled intergalactic secret agent 003 (aka Lemmy Caution) who arrives from the Outlands in his Ford Galaxy. Pitted against Alpha-60, a gravelly voiced and mostly all-knowing giant computer, Lemmy’s mission in this Orwellian-inspired world might be accomplished, that is, if he’s not too distracted by the endless techno-babble, Godard’s philosophical musings, and the hotel’s seductress – third class (Klaus Ming December 2012).