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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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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 »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French | English | German | Italian

Release Date:

18 December 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (cut) (re-edited)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The noticeable color palette of the film - red, white and blue - represents both the French and the American flags. 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

Francesca Vanini: [Translating Lang's German] "But Man, when he must, can stand fearless and along before God. His candor is his shield. He needs neither arms nor wile, until such time as God's absence helps him."
Fritz Lang: Very good.
Francesca Vanini: That's Hölderlin, isn't it, Mr. Lang?
Fritz Lang: Yes. "The Poet's Vocation." The final line is obscure. Hölderlin originally wrote
[speaking in German]
Francesca Vanini: [Translating] "So long as God is not absent."
Fritz Lang: And then
[speaking in German]
Francesca Vanini: "So long as God is close to us."
Fritz Lang: Yes. The way the last lines are written, when ...
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Crazy Credits

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Fairy Tales
(Italian Version) Written and Performed by Piero Piccioni E La Sua Orchestra
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Wrong.
4 October 2002 | by porkchop2525See all my reviews

Wrong. This film is a masterpiece, and you're being ignorant if you think there was one frame in this film that Godard didn't intend to be there. The dubbing - supposed to be there. The "garrish" color - supposed to be there. This is what you might call "technique" or "style." This is a film about film. It's not just about the personalities, but the tools of the trade and how they are used.

"Garrish" technicolor falls under this, so does poorly executed ADR. These are things that remind us we're watching a film, and Godard made sure to remind us of his presence at all times (ever seen the 10 minute tracking shot in Weekend?). Stop. Look. Listen. This film is a masterpiece and giving it a 3 out of ten is not just an insult to this fine piece of material, but also to every poor sap who almost saw this movie, but after reading your review, decided not to.


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