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Le Mépris (1963)

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).

3 comments on “Le Mépris (1963)

  1. Joachim Boaz

    Not my favorite of Godard’s films…. despite Brigitte Bardot 😉

    I loved Masculin Féminin and Alphaville….

  2. Joachim Boaz

    And Week-End! How could I forget about that one….

  3. Klaus

    I think I liked this one the vest of the three which i’ve reviewed – then again, i’m a sucker for films about films.

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This entry was posted on 03/18/2012 by in 1001 List, 1960s, All and tagged .
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