Spotlight for Summer 1998:
of the first questions new customers ask is why we named our store Alphaville.
After French New Wave
director Jean-Luc Godard's
1965 classic sci-fi/film noir thriller, of course! The plot is simple: secret agent Lemmy
Constantine) gets a tough assignment: infiltrate the city of Alphaville (a
post-nuclear Paris) and neutralize the mad scientist who governs it with a super computer
which has erased all emotion-laden words from the dictionary, destroying poetry and
rendering Alphaville's citizens unable to express even the most basic of human feelings.
teaches the scientist's daughter (Anna Karina) the meaning of the word "love," and
together they outwit the computer and flee the dying city. Wow! Pulp Fiction meets Bladerunner
in the atomic age (with a touch of film noir thrown in)!
But like all great films, Alphaville is about much more than its plot. It's
about poetry and memory and longing and discovery. It's about becoming human in a world
that often denies us our basic right to be human - to feel, to think, to learn, to love.
And it gives
you a great idea of what our store is about: the very best in classic and contemporary
foreign films (we have over 1000 titles in that category alone), as well as lots of
great American independents, documentaries, experimental, underground and gay
and lesbian films, all intended to reawaken the love of film in everyone (Lemmy would
be proud of us)!
Next spotlight: A look at Femmes Fatales in Film.