Le Mépris (Contempt)
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Based on the novel by Alberto Moravia, this is the story of a young woman caught in a troubled marriage and the end of the relationship. Camille (Brigitte Bardot) is a sensual, amorous woman married to a scriptwriter. Paul (Michel Piccoli) is hired by an egotistical American producer, Jeremie (Jack Palance), to rewrite scenes for his film "Ulysees". A series of incidents details Camille's growing lack of respect and dislike for her husband. Paul's lack of manliness sends Camille into the arms of Jeremie, and the two lovers head for Rome. A car wreck en route kills them… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Possibly Godard's most melancholy film and probably his most beautiful ..."
‑ Stephanie Zacharek, Village Voice
"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!"
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Who is the Godard guy and how could he make something as humdrum yet full-of-itself as Contempt?"
‑ Dan Jardine, Daily-Reviews
"An expensive international production, but still one of Godard's most personal and most perverse films."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"A superlative film about many things, including the making of a film, the break-up of a married couple, and the parallels between the contemporary New Wave world (of 1963) and the classical (Old Wave) world of Homer."
‑ Matt Langdon, Filmcritic.com
"What's the price of selling out? Contempt asks the question of its characters, its audience, and its own director."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"Instinctively self-reflexive, "Contempt" ("Le Mepris") is one of Jean-Luc Goddard's brightest achievements"
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"Godard's self-reflexive meditation about love, marriage, and filmmaking is a masterpiece, which among other things, proves that sex symbol Brigitte Bardot could act."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Screw Adaptation and its lack of temerity. Contempt is a meta-movie that places the onus back on the viewer. How are we to sensibly respond, and is there any sense in that at all?"
‑ Jeremiah Kipp, ToxicUniverse.com
"A powerful, uncomfortable and essential work."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Godard has finally dared to get serious, achieving not mock pathos but a perfect tragedy."
‑ Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"A rich and heady cocktail of the various things swimming around in Jean-Luc Godard's mind at the time of its production."
‑ Chuck Bowen, Slant Magazine
"It's talky and filled with broken rhythms and a running stream of thoughts, and is boldly told in exaggerated stylized terms."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"While Contempt is seen by many as Godard's most "commercial" or "mainstream" film, it is also one of his most emotionally stirring and deeply felt."
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"It is not just the uniqueness of the narrative structure or the boldly original story that make Contempt such a fantastic film, but also Godard's typically original and mind-bogglingly beautiful imagery that make the it one of a kind."
‑ Derek Smith, Apollo Guide
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