Le Mepris


Review: Screenwriter Paul Javal and his wife Camille drift apart during movie production as she spends more time with the producer.
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
Actors: Brigitte Bardot, Jack Palance, Michel Piccoli, Giorgia Moll, Fritz Lang, Raoul Coutard and Linda Veras
Year: 1963
Genre: Drama and Romance
Conclusion: 4/5
The English translation for this film is Contempt. Nominally adapted from the Italian novel ‘Il Disprezzo” by Alberto Moravia. There is an argument which takes place between Michel Piccoli and his wife Brigitte Bardot and this lasts for 34 minutes. This film was released in various international versions with different language dubs, music cues, and even running times. Originally the director wanted to have Kim Novak and Frank Sinatra as the two leads but both actors turned it down. At the time this would have been quite ground-breaking, but its style does feel outdated. Film critic Jonathan Romney once quoted this film “Le Mepris is arguably the director’s only film that could bring tears to your eyes…”


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