Directed by Jean-Luc Godard
Running time: 103 minutes
Le Mépris was Godard's first big budget movie and, as its English title (Contempt) suggests, could be seen as an ironic masterpiece about commercial cinema. Starring Brigitte Bardot and Michel Piccoli as a husband and wife falling out of love, the film was shot entirely in Italy, at the Cinecittá studios in Rome and at Casa Malaparte on Capri. Piccoli plays Paul, a novelist and playwright who is busy rewriting the screenplay for 'The Odyssey', a film to be directed by 'Fritz Lang'. Lang plays himself in the movie and Godard his assistant director, having Lang expound many of his own New Wave ideologies. The film has been analysed as an examination of the position of Godard himself within commercial cinema and Godard's irritation with his producers is clearly visible. (He famously added in a nude scene to placate their wish to exploit Bardot's body at the beginning of the movie, for example, but typically refusing to make the explicit one that they had hoped for). With its extended tracking shots, natural light and and luscious cinematography by Raoul Coutard, the film has influenced a generation of filmmakers and has been described by Martin Scorcese as "one of the greatest films ever made about the actual process of filmmaking.”
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