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: December 18, 1964
DVD 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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Chris Peachment
Daily Telegraph (UK)

The film is about nothing but cinema itself, which gets a bit wearing, unless you are one of those people who like watching a movie in order to check off the references to other movies. Still, it's a masterwork of some sort.

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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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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

I would argue that Godard's eclecticism must be acknowledged and understood before one can genuinely appreciate the film.

Simon Kinnear
Total Film

Few films have achieved such elegance.

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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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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Contempt was Jean-Luc Godard's 1963 attempt at a big-budget, big- star production, and more or less satisfied his curiosity.

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Martyn Conterio

Godard was the artist who tore cinema apart and rebuilt it to suit his own interests and ends.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% 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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