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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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"Intriguing illustration of the filmmaking process..." See more (121 total) »

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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 | Chile:18 | 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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Between 1959 and 1967, Jean-Luc Godard made an unprecedented 15 movies, of which Contempt (1963) was the sixth.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 »
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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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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
"Intriguing illustration of the filmmaking process...", 8 December 2011
Author: Sindre Kaspersen from Norway

Jean-Luc Godard's 6th feature film tells the story of American film producer Jeremy Prokosch, highly regarded Austrian-American filmmaker Fritz Lang and novelist and screenwriter Paval Javal who are collaborating on a film adaption of Homer's "Oddysey", which causes critical disagreements. The process estranges the screenwriter from his wife Giorgia Moll, and the rising conflict between the three men results in her becoming the fourth member of the production.

French-Swiss film critic and director Jean-Luc Godard's adaption of an Italian novel written by Albert Moravia in 1954 called "II disprezzo", is an Italian-French co-production shot exclusively in Italy, which centres on the marital challenges a young couple faces during a pretentious film production. This vigorous drama from La Nouvelle Vague's most prominent and outspoken representative is an intriguing illustration of the filmmaking process constructed through a linear narrative which is accompanied by French composer Georges Delerue's melodic and instrumental theme song.

Jean-Luc Godard's directing in this film within a film is striking. The way he uses repetitions of previous scenes to create subtle transitions, the long takes where the pace is progressed by the dialog, the fast tracking shots, his attenuate camera movements, his structured perspectives and the tension he manages to maintain while depicting rich character portrayals of the two protagonists embodied by Michel Piccoli and Brigitte Bardot, is impressive. The ravishing cinematography by Raoul Coutard, especially of the alluring landscapes on the Capri Island and the luminous milieu depictions creates evident contrasts to the main characters' contradictory relationship. "Le Mépris" has a throughout uncanny atmosphere and the memorable scenes with Michel Piccoli and Brigitte Bardot are finely acted in a film that possesses the distinctions of a masterpiece.

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