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Le Mépris

1h 43m Drama, Romance, Classic 2023

Newly restored,_ Le Mépris, or Contempt_, sees Jean-Luc Godard wrestling, not for the last time, with the dichotomy of art versus commerce, reflecting some of the circumstances of the film’s production, although it is never in doubt which side the director favours. Novelist and playwright Paul (Michel Piccoli) is hired by avaricious Hollywood producer Jerry (Jack Palance) to rework an adaptation of Homer’s Odyssey, to be filmed by Fritz Lang (the great master playing himself), in order to give it more commercial appeal. When the producer makes a pass at Paul’s wife Camille (Brigitte Bardot), what she deems Paul’s lack of sufficient outrage causes a rift between the two.

The experience of making a big budget film with big stars was soured for Godard by the producers’ demands, and the result is an uncompromising masterpiece seething with anger.


Jean-Luc Godard


English, German, French, Italian


France, Italy

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