In 1965, French avant-garde film director Jean-Luc Godard created Alphaville,
a synthesis of French noir and sci-fi that paint a picture of a
bleak future not unlike Orwell's 1984. The denizens of
Alphaville are controlled by logic, kept constantly in check by
the central computer system, Alpha 60. Words such as
"tenderness" and "conscience" have been
expunged from the dictionary, replaced by words that reflect
so-called "newer" ideas. In order to free the
inhabitants of Alphaville from the enslavement of Alpha 60, it
is up to Lemmy Caution (played by Eddie Constantine) to
infiltrate the system and to find Alpha 60's creator, Professor
Vonbraun. Alphaville is marked by minimalistic, dreary
lighting and a quasi-futuristic setting dominated by 1960's
In 1993, on the other side of the globe, music video director
Melodie McDaniels faced the task of filming the video
"Linger" for The Cranberries, in the USA for the first
time, as "Linger" was skyrocketing to the top of
American college radio. McDaniels made the decision to
re-capture the look and feel of Alphaville, having the
members of the Cranberries dressed in eerily similar garb and
recreating scenes that parallel the film. The crew, in fact,
according to VH1 "were amazed to find an Alphaville-like
jukebox" in the LA hotel where they were shooting.
Cross-references abound between the two videos.
Both "Linger" and Alphaville start with a
flashing street light. Some references, like
Fergal batting a light bulb, are obvious takes from Alphaville,
yet others, like Dolores passing a framed portrait of Professor
Vonbraun in the stairway, are much more subtle and easily missed
by the casual observer. Just how much does "Linger"
resemble its predecessor? Take a look...