in about 100 words or less
France 103m, B&W
Director: Jean-Luc Godard; Cast: Brigitte Bardot, Michel Piccoli, Jack Palance, Giorgia Moll, Fritz Lang
Le Mépris (aka Contempt) is an amusing multi-language film about the marriage of a beleaguered novelist-turned scriptwriter and his estranged wife. Their relationship is paralleled by the film’s clever subplot which satirizes the film industry through a fictional and ridiculously artistic adaptation of Homer’s Odyssey which is being directed by Fritz Lang, who is plays himself. Upon viewing shot footage, the film’s American producer decides that the script must be re-written if the film is to have any commercial success. Full of cinematic references, Le Mépris works on a number of levels, including Godard’s own experiences as a film maker (Klaus Ming March 2012).