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Contempt

1h 42m Feature, Drama 1963

Godard’s singular foray into ‘mainstream’ film-making succeeds on its own terms as a meta-film that packs an emotional punch for all its ironic, self-reflexive posturing.

Aspiring playwright Paul Javal (Michele Piccoli) is called in as a script doctor on a film adaptation of Homer’s The Odyssey. Caught between the film’s director, Fritz Lang (playing himself), intent on making an historically faithful adaptation of a classical text, and a crass American producer, Prokosch (Jack Palance) who just wants more mermaids, Paul’s diminishing professional integrity is brought into ever starker relief by the deepening estrangement between he and his disenchanted spouse, Camille (Brigitte Bardot).

Director

Jean-Luc Godard

Languages

French, English, German, Italian

Subtitles

English

Countries

France, Italy

Studio

Studiocanal

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