Alphaville

Words are very powerful things. Through words, we both attempt describe and are helpless but to endlessly filter our world. They are able to inspire love and loyalty as easily they are as unrest and revolution. Without them, we would be mute as animals, hopelessly cognizant but completely incapable of self-expression. Words are man’s attempt to communicate the individual’s experience, and through words, we are in a constant and changing battle to reach the essence of the human experience.
The people of Alphaville are as dependent upon words as a means of self-expression as the rest of the world, if not more so. Through the elimination of all “illogical” art, language becomes the only mode of communication; they have no paintings or other visual art from which the individual can draw a subjective and original opinion as to the intention of the artist.
All logical medium of communication available to the Alphaville populous are contained within the “Bible”, which is bestowed, if not forced, upon every citizen. This wouldn’t be extraordinarily different from the theme, reoccurring throughout human history, of any unanimously excepted and unquestioned religion, except that the Alphaville bible isn’t a bible at all. It’s a dictionary. The Alphavillians invest as much blind faith in the legitimacy of this dictionary as any devout follower of, say, Christianity, but because they have never been exposed to any other text or interpretation of their “Bible”, both their ability and their possible desire to critique or discard the information given to them is completely negated. As Natasha states when she reads the word “conscience” from a forbidden book, “Je ne comprend pas…” She can’t understand words not included in her “Bible” any more then we could understand the French dialogue in the movie without the subtitles.
While there are many similarities between the Alphaville d

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