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mepris 1

by Allan Fish

(France 1963 100m) DVD1/2

Aka. Contempt

Snakes, Funerals and la Bébé

p  Carlo Ponti, Georges de Beauregard  d/w  Jean-Luc Godard  novel  “Il Disprezzo/A Ghost at Noon” by Alberto Moravia  ph  Raoul Coutard  ed  Agnès Guillemot, Lila Lakshmanan  m  Georges Delerue  art/cos  Tanine Autre

Brigitte Bardot (Camille Javal), Michel Piccoli (Paul Javal), Jack Palance (Jeremy Prokosch), Georgia Moll (Francesca Vanini), Fritz Lang (himself), Jean-Luc Godard,

Welcome, my friends, to the true cinema of wonder.  There have been many films made about the movie-making process, but none of them remotely reach the depths of feeling, both for the subject and for the characters, as does Jean-Luc Godard’s wonderful masterpiece Le Mépris.  To put it simply, it’s his greatest film.

            The storyline is simple; a down on his luck writer with aspirations to great things is forced due to a lack of money to undertake a script-writing job on a sword and sandal adaptation of Homer’s masterpiece The Odyssey, to be made by great director Fritz Lang for an egotistical producer.  Slowly but surely, over the course of the pre-shoot, his wife slowly comes to not only lose love for him, but grows contemptuous of him, so much so that she begins an affair with the egotistical producer, a man whom she despises. (more…)

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