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Contempt (1963)

Le mépris (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 18 December 1964 (USA)
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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.

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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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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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Budget:

$900,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$33,284, 27 June 1997

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$40,575, 17 January 2014
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Trivia

The seventh most successful film in 1963 at the French box office - a disappointment for Brigitte Bardot but Jean-Luc Godard's biggest commercial success. See more »

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

Camille Javal: Look. Look.
[Wearing a wig]
Camille Javal: Doesn't it suit me? No?
Paul Javal: I prefer you as a blonde.
Camille Javal: And I prefer you without a hat and cigar.
Paul Javal: It's just to look like Dean Martin in "Some Came Running."
Camille Javal: What a laugh.
Paul Javal: What is?
Camille Javal: You may want to look like Dean Martin, but it's more like Martin's Ass.
Paul Javal: Who's that?
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La Rupture Chez Prokosch
(French Version) Written and Performed by Georges Delerue Et Son Orchestre
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Arguably Godard's Best Film, Undoubtedly One of the Best Works in Cinema
31 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

Here are what Contempt, by French director Jean-Luc Godard, made in 1963, is about--an examination on a relationship in jeopardy, which has been one of the most universal themes in cinema, and which is probably inspired by Michelangelo Antonioni's trilogy; a struggle in film-making as a side-theme, which may be Godard's self-reflective expression; the international star cast including Brigitte Bardot, Michel Piccoli, and Jack Palance, along with the cameo appearance of legendary German filmmaker Fritz Lang; well-choreographed long takes, which are sometimes several minutes in length, and which could be also influenced by Antonioni; inclusion of three montage sequences that comprise sliced flashback and flashforward clips, which create a remarkable contrast to the long takes; beautifully photographed sceneries, especially of the sea; and the memorable orchestral score with sentimental arpeggio by Georges Delerue.

Being both unique and universal, and being perfectly executed, Contempt is arguably Godard's best film, and undoubtedly one of the best works in cinema.


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