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Contempt (Le Mepris)

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A sumptuously stylish study of a rocky marriage and fraught professional relationships, Godard's unusually straightforward adaptation of a novel by Moravia is also his most hauntingly beautiful films.


  • Brigitte Bardot
  • Michel Piccoli
  • Jack Palance
  • Giorgia Moll
  • Fritz Lang
  • Raoul Coutard
  • Jean-Luc Godard
  • Bernie Grant
  • Linda Veras

Did You Know?


  • Producer Joseph E. Levine insisted on the Brigitte Bardot nude scene that opens the film, realizing that it was the only way he could sell a film that he hated.
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  • It is possible that all "mistakes" in the film that involve visible equipment are intentional, or at least intentionally uncorrected: the film, after all, is about the artificiality of making a film, and the initial credit sequence shows filmmakers shooting the film itself.


    • Jerry Prokosch: Whenever I hear the word "culture," I bring out my checkbook.
    • [to his assistant]
    • Jerry Prokosch: Come here.
    • [he places his checkbook on his assistant's back and writes out a check]
    • Fritz Lang: Some years ago - some horrible years ago - the Nazis used to take out a pistol instead of a checkbook.
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