Detroit Film Theatre


Saturday, July 05, 2008

7:00 PM Detroit Film Theatre

(France/1963—restored—directed by Jean-Luc Godard)

Jean-Luc Godard’s subversive Contempt is a star-studded CinemaScope epic, a brilliantly personal work of art and perhaps the most fully realized of the director’s career. Contempt (Le Mépris) stars Michel Piccoli as a screenwriter torn between the demands of a proud director (played by legendary Fritz Lang), an arrogant American producer (Jack Palance, whose sentiments include “I like gods. I know exactly how they feel”), and his disillusioned wife (Brigitte Bardot), as he doctors the script for a new film version of The Odyssey. A brilliantly elliptical study of marital breakdown and artistic compromise, Contempt is also one of the most physically ravishing widescreen films ever made. The dazzling color cinematography by Raoul Coutard has been restored in this new, eye-popping 35mm print. (103 min.)

“A classic… radiant and serenely perverse. Its audacity is breathtaking.” –Terrence Rafferty, The New York Times