Like most of Godard's films, Le Mépris is full of quotes, metaphors and symbologies. We can say a bunch of things about this unique film: it focuses on the death of the cinema, the fragility of men on a love triangle, subliminal messages and acts that we all do on daily basis... It has that rare quality to have multiple interpretations, something usual on Godard.
Réflexions sur le cinéma, l'art, le couple, l'amour, menée avec une maîtrise et un talent indéniables. Le metteur en scene évite pour une fois les écueils fascinants d'un intellectualisme élitiste et planant dans lequel il plongera avec opiniâtreté et délectation, quelques années plus tard. C'est l'un des quelques rares films de Jean-Luc Godard qui mérite une réelle estime et un solide respect... www.cinefiches.com
‘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.
Upon re-watching this film for the third time, I cannot help but realise that I have grown to love it quite dearly. As opposed to my first viewing where I wasn't too fond nor impressed. 'Le Mepris' is arguably Godard's best film, Bardot is seductive and the music engulfs each scene. Godard utilises each of his locations and uses them to tell his story best and to turn them into a character of their own. Stunning.
Why the title Contempt? Does it refer to the contempt the characters in the film feel towards each other? The artistic cinema towards the money making moguls at the business end of movies? Godard's contempt for his own audience (only half a joke, it feels like sometimes)? Probably all of the above. What's important here though is that this is his best picture (from what I've seen) and his most affecting and personal.