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/10
7,693 Ratings

Contempt

Le mépris

Directed by Jean-Luc Godard
France, Italy, 1963
Drama

Synopsis

A screenwriter adapting Homer’s Odyssey for cinema is torn between the demands of a proud European director to whom he wishes to be loyal to; a crude, arrogant American producer; his disillusioned wife Camille; and his own self-respect.

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Contempt Directed by Jean-Luc Godard
it is a full and immensely satisfying work, its tensions and teasing contradictions, moral, cinematic and intellectual, making it as exhilarating, alive and modern a film as any… The repeated motifs and melodies themselves combine, as does the movie, the classical and the modern, deepenening the meanings and the mixed emotions of defiance and nostalgia that make Le Mépris so very affecting and – a word Godard would be proud of – so very beautiful.
December 29, 2015
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[Contempt is] possibly Godard’s most melancholy film and probably his most beautiful… As romantic tragedies go, Contempt is a near-perfect sphere, an exploration of the cosmos of sadness that can open up between a man and a woman, between a living room, a bedroom, and beyond…
September 04, 2013
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Godard called Contempt the “story of castaways of the Western world, survivors of the shipwreck of modernity.” Thirty-odd years later, it seems like an elegy for European art cinema, at once tragic and serene. If Contempt is a myth about the baleful effect of the movie god on the lives of two mortals, it is also the story of Godard’s victory over a similar seduction. Lashed to the mast of irascible genius, he heard the song of the sirens and lived to tell the tale.
July 01, 1997

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