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Le mépris
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Contempt (1963) More at IMDbPro »Le mépris (original title)

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Contempt -- Jean-Luc Godard's cynical look at the art of filmmaking follows a screenwriter in his attempts to recount Homer's THE ODYSSEY.
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18 December 1964 (USA) See more »
Bardot at her bold, bare and brazen best! Reveling in Rome, cavorting in Capri...jolting even the jaded international jet-set in her pursuit of love! [UK Theatrical] See more »
Screenwriter Paul Javal's marriage to his wife Camille disintegrates during movie production as she spends time with the producer. Layered conflicts between art and business ensue. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Jean-Luc Godard 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jean-Luc Godard  uncredited
Alberto Moravia  novel "Il Disprezzo"

Produced by
Georges de Beauregard .... producer
Carlo Ponti .... producer
Joseph E. Levine .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Georges Delerue 
Piero Piccioni (Italian and Spanish version)
Cinematography by
Raoul Coutard 
Film Editing by
Agnès Guillemot 
Lila Lakshmanan (uncredited)
Costume Design by
Tanine Autré (uncredited)
Makeup Department
Odette Berroyer .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Philippe Dussart .... production manager
Carlo Lastricati .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles L. Bitsch .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
William Robert Sivel .... sound (as William Sivel)
Camera and Electrical Department
Joe D'Amato .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Alain Levent .... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
Roger Robert .... grip (uncredited)
Other crew
Annie Chauvet .... publicist (uncredited)
Suzanne Schiffman .... script girl (uncredited)
Bertrand Tavernier .... publicist (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Le mépris" - France (original title)
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103 min | Finland:97 min | USA:102 min | Italy:82 min (re-edited version) (cut)
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Aspect Ratio:
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Argentina:16 | Australia:PG | Brazil:16 | Finland:K-16 | France:U | Germany:6 (re-rating) (2002) | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | Sweden:11 | UK:15 | UK:AA (original rating) | USA:Not Rated | West Germany:18 (original rating) (w) | West Germany:16 (re-rating) (199?) (VHS release)

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Jean-Luc Godard was actively seeking out a film project he could do with Brigitte Bardot when he came across Alberto Moravia's novel.See more »
Incorrectly regarded as goofs: 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 »
Paul Javal:There's nothing like the movies. Usually, when you see women, they're dressed. But put them in a movie, and you see their backsides.See more »
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33 out of 49 people found the following review useful.
Ulysses, Guernica, The Rite Of Spring, LE MEPRIS..., 27 October 1999
Author: Darragh O' Donoghue ( from Dublin, Ireland

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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