ACMI Presents

Contempt (Le Mépris)

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“The coolest movie of all time...a superlative statement of hep ethics and aesthetics...Contempt's alienated hero somehow makes alienation itself look heroic ”


Based on Alberto Moravia's novel, Godard's nearest foray into mainstream cinema is an unsparing exploration of a relationship brought undone by the corrosive effects of selling out.

Aspiring playwright Paul Javal (Michele Piccoli) is called in as a script doctor on a film adaptation of Homer's The Odyssey. Caught between the film's director, Fritz Lang (playing himself) intent on making an historically faithful adaptation of a classical text and a crass American producer, Prokosch (Jack Palance) who just wants more mermaids, Paul's diminishing professional integrity is brought into ever starker relief by the deepening estrangement between he and his disenchanted spouse, Camille (Brigitte Bardot). 

Contempt screens in tandem with Redoubtable (aka Godard mon amour), which casts Jean-Luc Godard as the unlikely romantic lead in the droll new romantic comedy by Michel Hazanavicius.