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Contempt

Released 1963
Distributor Embassy Pictures

About Contempt

Perhaps Jean-Luc Godard’s most accessible feature, Contempt is nearly (but not quite) conventional in the way it tells its tale of the disintegration of the marriage between a bored trophy wife (Brigitte Bardot) and her ineffectual husband. Michel Piccoli plays the well-meaning screenwriter who is about to lose his beautiful playmate to a arrogant bully-boy producer played by Jack Palance. Godard’s cool-as-a-cucumber approach, offset by Raoul Coutard’s ravishing cinematography and Georges Delerue’s achingly beautiful score, makes Contempt a moving yet defiantly unsentimental experience. Martin Scorsese tipped his hat to Godard’s classic in 1995’s  Casino (where Delerue’s music underscored De Niro and Stone’s doomed relationship).

About Larry Karaszewski

Larry Karaszewski with his writing/directing/producing partner Scott Alexander won the Best Screenplay Golden Globe for The People vs. Larry Flynt and was nominated by the Writers Guild of America for the cult favorite Ed Wood.  Other credits include writing the Milos Forman film Man on the Moon, adapting the Stephen King story 1408, producing Paul Schrader's Auto Focus, and writing/producing the upcoming Tim Burton feature Big Eyes.  Larry is an active Los Angeles cineaste serving on the board of advisors for the Cinefamily and  hosting a long running film series for the American Cinematheque.  
  • David Hauka

    Fantastic review, Mr. K! It is a beautiful film; Raoul Coutard’s photography is exceptional and transgressional, and the production design (who did it?) is perfect. I do think the last line in the trailer should be “la moue fatale,” given Bardot’s expression!

  • http://hiitsburl.blogspot.ca/ Burl

    Ha ha, terrific picture! Marvelous commentary! And very well done at the end, TFH graphics people!

  • http://www.aspectratio235.com M. Kempton

    What grinds my gears is-we call Godard a master, but any director pulls similar antics now and they would be lucky to work again.