Tuesday, September 13, 2022

When Debbie Harry Tried to Remake Jean-Luc Godard's 'Alphaville'

I remember reading in the 1982 Blondie book "Making Tracks" that Debbie Harry and Chris Stein had sought to do a remake of Jean-Luc Godard's "Alphaville" (1965), about a dystopian future ruled by a giant computer. Robert Fripp was to play Lemmy Caution and Debbie Harry would be Natacha von Braun, roles originated by Eddie Constantine and Anna Karina. Amos Poe, the "Blank Generation" filmmaker who had directed the Blondie singer in underground flicks "Unmade Beds" (1976) and "The Foreigner" (1978), was to be at the helm. The project was already in the rearview mirror by the time I learned about it, but the photos in the book had me dying over what could have been. 


Forty years later and of course this tweet from Stein on the death of the legendary French New Wave director had me rolling!

I believe that's called "petit larceny"!

Read more about the film that never was HERE.

Melody Maker (Dec. 23, 1978)

Debbie's No Wave moment ...

UPDATE: Chris Stein just added footage of the "screen test" that was filmed!

Watch HERE.

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