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Contempt

Le mépris

Directed by Jean-Luc Godard
France, 1963
Drama
  • French
  • English
FOR EVER GODARD: A RETROSPECTIVE

Synopsis

Contempt stars Michel Piccoli as a screenwriter torn between the demands of a proud European director (Fritz Lang), a crude, arrogant American producer (Jack Palance), and his disillusioned wife, Camille (Brigitte Bardot) as he attempts to doctor the script for a new film version of "The Odyssey".

Our take

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.

Contempt Directed by Jean-Luc Godard

What are people saying?

  • angeldromero's rating of the film Contempt

    ‘C’est un film simple sur des choses compliquées’ (Jean-Luc Godard) 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.

  • D.J. Devereux's rating of the film Contempt

    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

  • Ethan's rating of the film Contempt

    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.

  • Olly Perrett's rating of the film Contempt

    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.

  • Zac Weber's rating of the film Contempt

    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.

  • Loki's rating of the film Contempt

    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!

  • εξώτερο Διάστημα's rating of the film Contempt

    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.

  • Rafael Zen's rating of the film Contempt

    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.

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