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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 »
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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 »
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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)
 
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Also Known As:
"Le mépris" - France (original title)
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Runtime:
103 min | Finland:97 min | USA:102 min | Italy:82 min (re-edited version) (cut)
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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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Originally Jean-Luc Godard wanted to have Kim Novak and Frank Sinatra as the two leads but both actors turned it down. Producer Carlo Ponti suggested his wife Sophia Loren with her frequent co-star Marcello Mastroianni, but Godard turned down that idea.See more »
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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 »
Quotes:
[after viewing film shot by Fritz Lang]
Jerry Prokosch:You've cheated me, Fritz. That's not what is in that script.
Fritz Lang:It is!
[he pulls the script away from Jerry, who is attempting to grab it out of his hand]
Fritz Lang:Oh, no!
Jerry Prokosch:Get the script, Francesca.
[he reads the script and then changes his tone]
Jerry Prokosch:Yes, it's in the script. But it's not what you have on that screen.
Fritz Lang:Naturally, because in the script it is written, and on the screen it's pictures. Motion picture, it's called.
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19 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
The Director, The Producer, Their Writer & His Wife, 6 July 2008
Author: Benedict_Cumberbatch from Los Angeles, CA

Fritz Lang, playing himself, is set to direct a more commercial adaptation of Homer's "Odyssey". Jeremy Prokosch (Jack Palance), the producer, despises art films and hires screenwriter Paul Javal (Michel Piccoli) to help Lang commercialize the movie. Javal 'offers' his young wife, Camille (Brigitte Bardot, sexier than ever, in one of her few serious roles), to Prokosch, thinking he'll get a better payment. But he didn't know that would sparkle Camille's contempt and ruin their marriage.

"Le Mépris" aka "Contempt" is Godard's existentialist, provocative essay of the relationships between artistic and commercial cinema, man and woman/husband and wife (he was married to his then-muse Anna Karina, with whom he made some of his best films; after their divorce in 1967, he married Anne Wiazemsky, with whom he made "La Chinoise", "Week End" and others). Gorgeously photographed by Raoul Coutard and scored by the master Georges Delerue, and with some "influences" of Antonioni's trilogy (L'Avventura, La Notte and L'Eclisse), "Le Mépris" is not my favourite Godard, but it's certainly a vigorous film. 9/10.

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