Lemmy Caution against Alpha 60

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German title Lemmy Caution against Alpha 60
Original title Alphaville, one étrange adventure de Lemmy Caution
Country of production France , Italy
original language French
Publishing year 1965
length 89 minutes
Age rating FSK 16
Director Jean-Luc Godard
script Jean-Luc Godard
production André Michelin
music Paul Misraki
camera Raoul Coutard
cut Agnes Guillemot

Lemmy Caution against Alpha 60 (also known under the original title Alphaville ) is a 1965 science fiction film directed by the French director Jean-Luc Godard .


Lemmy Caution , a private detective , arrives in the futuristic city of Alphaville to look for missing agent Henry Dickson. The city is under the control of Professor von Braun and is managed by a computer system called Alpha 60 . Love, poetry and feelings are ostracized. The ostracism leads to an inhuman and alienated society. Caution lets Natascha, the daughter of Professor von Braun, help in his search.


The outdoor scenes were filmed in new Parisian districts with their modern glass and concrete facades and neon advertising. Godard did not use special effects.

To name the man-machine discrepancy in the title, Godard planned to release the film under his working title Tarzan versus IBM .

The film uses an artificially changed, manipulative language in the original, similar to George Orwell's Newspeak . This detail was not taken into account in the German synchronization .


  • France: May 5, 1965
  • Germany: June 1965


“Godard mixes science fiction and film noir motifs in an intelligent and sophisticated way. He places it unmistakably in Paris in 1965, making it clear that it is not the future but the present that is full of horrors, as signs and machines are increasingly pushing people back. A formally and mentally impressive filmic reflection, which leads to a possible liberation through poetry and love. "

“Godard's well thought-out and artistically convincing vision of a state in which an electronic brain rules people's thinking and feeling is a utopia, not so far removed from real possibilities, that can be recommended to thoughtful adults, even if Eddie Constantine was to become a successful representative of the threatened freedom of spirit and soul has not completely succeeded. "


The film won the Golden Bear at the Berlinale in 1965.


In 1983 the film gave its name to the German synth-pop band Alphaville . The band leader Marian Gold saw the fight between man and machine in the film, also figuratively speaking, as fitting for the band, which at the time had to struggle with the technical inadequacies of their first devices.

The two brothers Mika and Aki Kaurismäki founded a rental company and named it "Villealfa" - a disguise of the word "Alphaville" (Aki Kaurismäki names Godard as one of his role models).


  • Romed Wyder: "Alphaville" in film positions VSETH & VSU , Ed .: Science Fiction - Andrzej Wajda. Documentation. Association of Students at the University of VSU, Zurich 1990, without ISBN, pp. 92–100; Production design, filmography (more than 40 titles)

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Film review on KinoundCo.de, accessed September 16, 2019
  2. Film review (French) on remysoubanere.com, February 4, 2015
  3. movie review from Marco Behringer on film-Rezensionen.de 29 November, 2009.
  4. World premieres according to IMDb
  5. ^ Lemmy Caution against Alpha 60. In: Lexicon of international films . Film service , accessed October 7, 2016 .Template: LdiF / Maintenance / Access used 
  6. Evangelischer Presseverband München, Review No. 269/1965