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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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Release Date:
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)
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
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 very dismissive of the source material - Alberto Moravia's novel 'Il Disprezzo' - calling it "a nice vulgar read for a train journey".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 »
Jerry Prokosch:To know that one does not know, is the gift of a superior spirit. Not to know and to think that one does know, is a mistake. To know that this is a mistake, keeps one from making it. I have the knowledge here.See more »
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Referenced in Beyond the Black Rainbow (2010)See more »


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29 out of 47 people found the following review useful.
Godard's masterpiece is still captivating, 11 December 2002
Author: pete36 from Belgium

French cult-director Jean-Luc Godard made this masterpiece way in 1963 but it is still as captivating as it was then.

Featuring then superstar Brigitte Bardot and Michel Piccoli as her husband- screenwriter who is hired to write a screenplay based on the ancient Greek myth `The Oddysey'. The story deals with the creative process of filmmaking as viewed by Godard, but also focuses on the breakdown of a mariage by the growing contempt of Bardot for her husband , whom she feels is selling out to greedy US producer Jack Palance.

This is a superb movie, not only for the frequent nude shots of Bardot (don't miss the beginning) but also for the beautiful sundrenched photography by Raoul Coutard, appearing as himself during the spoken(!) opening credits, the brilliant lyrical soundtrack by Georges Delerue and the inclusion of legendary german director Fritz Lang (wearing a monocle!) as an almost godlike figure. It all contributes to the poetic and spellbounding atmosphere.

Godard, who briefly appears as the assistant-director to Lang, made this when he was at the peak of his craft and it is among one of his biggest commercial and artistic successes. He was one of the most prolific 'auteurs' of the Nouvelle-Vague ( others being Francois Truffaut and Jacques Rivette) but his career petered out by the end of the sixties.

He still is active though, occasionally turning out mildly interesting movies. By the way, in the Vittorio de Sica comedy `After the Fox' (1966), Peter Sellers delivers a great parody number based on the Godard figure.

Brigitte Bardot was then also at the height of her popularity, reaching sometimes hysterical proportions. The filming was frequently interrupted and even delayed considerably by the intrusions of the Italian paparazzi. Incidentally, in the same year when Contempt was released she also appeared as herself in the US comedy `Dear Brigitte', where a schoolboy is completely smitten with her and desperately tries to get a date. His dad is played by James Stewart !

Try to see it in letterbox format, which gives full credit to the excellent use of the Cinemascope format.


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