Contempt
Contempt (1964)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: November 26, 2002
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: This powerful work of essential cinema joins "meta" with "physique," casting Brigite Bardot and director Godard's inspiration Fritz Lang.

Stephanie Zacharek
Village Voice

Possibly Godard's most melancholy film and probably his most beautiful ...

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

Inevitably a melancholy film, but a memorable one as well.

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Jonathan Romney
Observer [UK]

Steeped in melancholy and a sense of mourning.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

What's the price of selling out? Contempt asks the question of its characters, its audience, and its own director.

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Emma Simmonds
The List

If Le Mépris lacks the uninhibited character of, say, Breathless, Pierrot le Fou, or Alphaville it undoubtedly makes up for it in emotional potency.

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Geoffrey Macnab
Independent

The miracle here is that for all its use of irony and self-reflexive devices, Le Mepris still ends up with a considerable emotional punch.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

Godard sets interesting scenes, with provocative color combinations and a suggestive pictorial flow. But out of it all comes nothing -- or very little that tells you why this wife is so contemptuous of her husband. Maybe he should be contemptuous of her!

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Allan Hunter
Daily Express

If you want to know the cinema of Godard, then this is a great place to start.

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Kate Muir
Times [UK]

This is one of the French new wave master's seminal films, a satire on the making of a Hollywood-style movie that exploits Bardot's femme fatale Camille with no less aplomb than Hollywood itself.

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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
A powerful and devastating story that depicts with painful honesty the gradual dismantling of a marriage triggered by an ambiguous lack of trust, and it is a… More
Michael Gildea
Admittedly, I've had a copy of this movie for years but have never gotten through the whole thing until last night. Jesus Christ, was a pretentious piece… More
Reid Volk
Godard's first major international picture is a visual feast. The use of Cinescope is startling and the colors are so brilliant that they seem to leap off… More
Stefanie C
Cinematically rich! The dissolution of a marriage is poetically juxtaposed to the mythic tale of 'The Odyssey.' This film is also a commentary on… More
Lorenzo von Matterhorn
<i>"There's nothing like the movies. Usually, when you see women, they're dressed. But put them in a movie, and you see their… More
danny d
when marital bliss turns into marital discord, it can be swift, painful, and incredibly confusing. some of the shots in this film are phenomenal and the… More

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