Une étrange aventure de Lemmy Caution
Going to see Play Time (which was wonderful) got me thinking about which films I'd choose to show if I got the run of a cinema for a day. Alphaville was on the shortlist and a bit of rooting around on the internet found it in its entirety on Google video. It was put up by a fan of the other "Big in Japan" Alphaville, for reference presumably.
For anyone that hasn't seen it, it's Jean-Luc Godard's futuristic sci-fi film noir with modern (mid 1960s) Paris playing the part of Alphaville, the city that's lost its soul. There's a good review here that describes it as "Humphrey Bogart Through the Looking Glass". It's simple and complex, beautiful and strange. I'm not a big Godard fan but could watch this over and over. It's weird, but not too weird and staggeringly beautiful in parts. Anna Karina looks foxy throughout. I started watching it yesterday afternoon but it's really the kind of film you need to watch with the lights out and a bottle of wine.
What would you pick if you could show one film at the pictures?