Go back to Godard’s future in ‘Alphaville’

“Alphaville” was both a complete revelation and yet not so vaguely familiar.

This exotic product of the French new wave washed across the shores of my youthful consciousness, mingling the familiar with the new, pulp fiction, pop culture and high art, suggesting multiple ways to recombine film DNA. One of the most important examples of genre cross-pollination in modern cinema, Jean-Luc Godard’s “Alphaville” (1965) merged film-noir and science-fiction tropes long before Ridley Scott’s “Blade Runner.” In fact, Scott ­acknowledges “Alpha­ville” in “Blade Runner,” and surely the Seductress Third Class in “Alphaville” is a fore­runner of Pris, the Basic Pleasure Model.

In addition to mixing genres, Godard recruited secret agent Lemmy Caution, an existing B-movie character made famous in 1950s France by American-­born expatriate actor and Paris cabaret singer Eddie Constantine. More Mike Hammer than Philip Marlowe, the trenchcoat-clad Caution was another exotic, bi-continental hybrid.

The craggy-faced Constantine, once a lover and collaborator of

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