Get unlimited digital access. Try it today for only $0.99.

Akim Tamiroff

Review: Godard's 'Alphaville' still makes a strong connection

Review: Godard's 'Alphaville' still makes a strong connection

Before he loved anything else, Jean-Luc Godard loved genre: He famously dedicated his first feature film, "Breathless," to Monogram Pictures, one of the monarchs of Poverty Row B-picture production.

But as "Breathless" demonstrated, Godard never did anything straight up. He did genre his own playful way, and never more so than in 1965's "Alphaville," a film that was part science fiction, part hard-boiled adventure, and all Godard.

Playing for a week at the Nuart in West Los Angeles in a sharp new digital restoration, "Alphaville" is more than quintessential Godard. Despite its age it's that rare science fiction film that doesn't seem...