Der junge Autor Paul (Michel Piccoli) soll für einen Film über Odysseus, den der Regisseur Fritz Lang dreht, das Drehbuch überarbeiten, weil dem Produzenten der Film nicht kommerziell genug ist.
An iconic, pop-colored exposé of the film industry as only Godard can do. 1960s stars Michel Piccoli and Brigitte Bardot fight and make love during a Fritz Lang (playing himself!) production of the Odyssey at Italy’s famed Cinecittà studios, scored to the most beautiful film music of all time.
‘C’est un film simple sur des choses compliquées’
A film within a film is what Godard presents to us, showing the disintegration of a married couple and the production of a movie. This film is masterly directed by Jean-Luc and makes you love it from the introduction. The subtle differences between men and women are shown and so many other things that will make you fall in love with the characters.
Everyone will say Breathless is Jean Luc Godard's best. But for me, and the lovers of the craft of cinema rather than the cultural shift and revelation within cinema history.. It is this film that stands up against all of Godard'd many different themes and meanings.
Godard asks the questions, so tomorrow we finally achieve our stardom and fame, we get all we worked for..Then what?
Fritz Lang's Performance is king
This is Godard's 8 1/2 and he packs this film full of extraordinary talent from the amazing Bardot to the passive Piccoli, the cynical Palance, and the legendary Fritz Lang playing himself making a version of The Odyssey. Films don't get much better than this.
Truly beautiful and agonisingly heartbreaking; Contempt proves just how influential Goddard's style of dialogue has been on Cinema as a whole. Regrettably the pacing of Goddard's films is usually very slow and I can't see them ageing well another 50 years from now. MVP is of course, Goddard himself, who can be felt all over the film.
Because the on-screen romance dissolves without any clear answers, Contempt stands as one of the truest testaments to the difficulty of maintaining relationships. The film score is outstanding, and the meta-conversation about the nature of filmmaking is fascinating. One could spend hours contemplating Godard's use of color, or the captivating subtleties of Brigitte Bardot. A classic through and through.
A masterpiece. Ok, it's all about miscommunication, bad faith and selling out: not exactly the warmer topics of cinema. The way the movie was made directly addresses the problems the characters are having, hence, a masterpiece. Worth watching more than once. Motor, silenzio!
contempt for cinema also? in the sequence when piccoli is torn by jealousy/fury/indecision, what are those talks about film to him? both art vs. life and art is life topics seem schizoid and artificial.
This beautiful cinematic story mixes the end of art cinema with the end of a relationship - if the Gods did not create men, but men created the Gods, didn't we do the same with love? Each frame in Godard's ode to Bardot is a picture, is a painting, is a piece of art. A cinema school on how to show the end of subtle things. When Godard hears the world culture, he brings out his checkbook. When I hear it, I heart it.