Cover image for Le mépris Contempt
Title:
Le mépris Contempt
Author:
Godard, Jean-Luc, 1930-
Edition:
Special édition.
Publication Information:
[Irvington, N.Y.] : Criterion Collection, [2002]

©2002
Physical Description:
2 videodiscs (104 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Summary:
On Capri, an Italian crew makes a German film of Homer's Odyssey; Fritz Lang directs with American money. Prokosch, the producer, with his sneer and red Alfa, holds art films in contempt and hires writer Javal to help Lang commercialize the picture. Against this backdrop, Javal's marriage to Camille, a young former typist, disintegrates. It opens with the couple talking in bed, she asking assurance that he finds her attractive. Later that day he introduces her to Prokosch, and, unawares, blunders unforgivably. The rest of the film portrays her, in their apartment and in public, expressing her hurt and change of heart and his slow grasp of the source of her contempt.
General Note:
Credits from English subtitles.

Originally released as a motion picture in 1963.

Based on the novel Il disprezzo by Alberto Moravia.

Features: Disc one: audio commentary by film scholar Robert Stam. Disc two: The dinosaur and the baby (1967): a conversation between Jean-Luc Godard and Fritz Lang (60 min.); Encounter with Fritz Lang (1963): a short film by Peter Fleischmann; two 1963 documentaries by Jacques Rozier featuring Godard on the set of Contempt: Bardot et Godard and Paparazzi; Jean-Luc Godard interview excerpt from the French television program Cinepanorama (1964); interview with cinematographer Raoul Coutard (2002); original theatrical trailer.
Language:
French

English
Contents:
Disc 1. Feature film -- Special features -- Disc 2. Special features.
Reading Level:
MPAA rating: Not rated.
ISBN:
9780780026179
UPC:
037429173121
Format :
DVD

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Contempt is the story of the end of a marriage. Camille (Brigitte Bardot) falls out of love with her husband Paul (Michel Piccoli) while he is rewriting the screenplay Odyssey by American producer Jeremiah Prokosch (Jack Palance). Just as the director of Prokosch's film, Fritz Lang, says that The Odyssey is the story of individuals confronting their situations in a real world, Le Mépris itself is an examination of the position of the filmmaker in the commercial cinema. Godard himself was facing this situation in the production of Le Mépris. Italian producer Carlo Ponti had given him the biggest budget of his career, and he found himself working with a star of Bardot's magnitude for the first time. ~ Louis Schwartz, Rovi