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Contempt (1963)
"Le mépris" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  18 December 1964 (USA)
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Paul Javal is a writer who is hired to make a script for a new movie about Ulysses more commercial, which is to be directed by Fritz Lang and produced by Jeremy Prokosch. But because he let... See full summary »

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Paul Javal is a writer who is hired to make a script for a new movie about Ulysses more commercial, which is to be directed by Fritz Lang and produced by Jeremy Prokosch. But because he let his wife Camille drive with Prokosch and he is late, she believes, he uses her as a sort of present for Prokosch to get get a better payment. So the relationship ends. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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american | apartment | marriage | italy | capri | See more »

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Budget:

$900,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$33,284 (USA) (27 June 1997)

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$40,575 (USA) (17 January 2014)
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Fritz Lang was 73 when he made the film. One of the reasons why he hadn't directed in some years - his last film was The 1,000 Eyes of Dr. Mabuse (1960) - was because he was virtually blind at this stage in his life. See more »

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It is possible that all "mistakes" in the film that involve visible equipment are intentional, or at least intentionally uncorrected: the film, after all, is about the artificiality of making a film, and the initial credit sequence shows filmmakers shooting the film itself. See more »

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Jerry Prokosch: Whenever I hear the word "culture," I bring out my checkbook.
[to his assistant]
Jerry Prokosch: Come here.
[he places his checkbook on his assistant's back and writes out a check]
Fritz Lang: Some years ago - some horrible years ago - the Nazis used to take out a pistol instead of a checkbook.
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References Hangmen Also Die! (1943) See more »

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Ulysses, Guernica, The Rite Of Spring, LE MEPRIS...
27 October 1999 | by (Dublin, Ireland) – See all my reviews

One of the great masterpieces of the 20th century, a supreme synthesis of form, content and performance. Arguably the most beautiful too, with its found locations, sets, colour, lighting, music, decor and costume. The straightforward elegance of Godard's shooting masks a story of great complexity and formal rupture, but underneath the philosophy, semiotics and allusion is a portrait of marriage and its decline. The tension between icy irony and resigned emotion results in Godard's most perversely moving film. It is also very funny, which is too little remembered.


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