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Contempt (1963)

Le mépris (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 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.

Director:

Jean-Luc Godard

Writer:

Alberto Moravia (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Brigitte Bardot ... Camille Javal
Michel Piccoli ... Paul Javal
Jack Palance ... Jeremy Prokosch
Giorgia Moll ... Francesca Vanini
Fritz Lang ... Fritz Lang
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Release Date:

18 December 1964 (USA) See more »

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Contempt See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$900,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$33,284, 27 June 1997

Gross USA:

$40,575, 17 January 2014
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Runtime:

| (cut) (re-edited)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Producer Joseph E. Levine insisted on the Brigitte Bardot nude scene that opens the film, realizing that it was the only way he could sell a film that he hated. 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

Paul Javal: You don't want to make love?
Camille Javal: Listen to the jerk.
Paul Javal: Is that a mocking smile or a tender smile?
Camille Javal: A tender smile.
Paul Javal: So, answer me!
Camille Javal: If it were true, I'd tell you. A woman can always find an excuse not to make love. But you're really a jerk.
Paul Javal: Vulgar language doesn't suit you.
Camille Javal: It doesn't suit me? Listen to this: Asshole. Cunt. Shit. Christ almighty. Craphole. Son of a bitch. Goddamn. So, still think it doesn't suit me?
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The opening cast credits are read, without titles See more »

Connections

References Jesse James' Women (1954) See more »

Soundtracks

Générique Le Mépris
(French Version) Written and Performed by Georges Delerue Et Son Orchestre
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"Intriguing illustration of the filmmaking process..."
8 December 2011 | by SindreKaspersenSee all my reviews

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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