1963 ***** 104 mins.
Jean-Luc Godard's Contempt (Le Mepris) is a beautiful film experience. Every shot in the film speaks in ways more than just what's in the frame. For example: The opening credits are of a camera crew following a woman walking. During this, the credits are spoken, not shown. At the end of the sequence, the cameraman turns his camera on the viewer. This shows that what you are about to see is a slice of real life. The music is haunting, the performances are brilliant, and the story is intriguing. One half of the film deals with a film crew trying to make a more hip version of Homer's The Odyssey, with legendary director Fritz Lang playing himself and Jack Palance as the dictator-like producer. The other half of the film deals with the screenwriter (Michel Piccoli) and his beautiful wife (the ever-so-tempting Brigitte Bardot in, quite possibly, her best performance) struggling to keep their marriage afloat. A brilliant masterpiece that shouldn't be missed.
Original theatrical aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (CinemaScope)
Not Rated; contains nudity, sexuality, profanity, and violence.
Based on the Novel by
Written and Directed by