Alphaville ★★★★★

Possibly Godard's most entertaining movie, with precious little politics and an honest-to-goodness detective-thriller-in-the-future plot. My favorite moments are when Godard pares down the genre he's working in to its barest essentials - a shootout in a hallway is reduced to a second or two, with a quick cut from a forehead bullet wound to a shot of several bad guys unconscious on the floor - handily demonstrating that you don't really need anything more than that (or at least I don't).

It's a fitting demonstration given the themes of the movie, which is all about romance, poetry, and lyricism triumphing over cold logic and science. The eggheads will tell you that you need elaborate action and special effects to make a movie exciting, but we illiterates know better.

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