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Contempt (2d-Le Mépris)

Director(s): Jean-Luc Godard

Theatrical Release: 1963

Cast: Brigitte Bardot, Jack Palance, Fritz Lang, Michel Piccoli, Giorgia Moll, Jean-Luc Godard

Genre(s): Drama, romance, psychological, cinema, Criterion Collection, Dean's List

Countries: France, Italy


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Running Time: 104m.

Contempt is the story of the end of a marriage. Camille (Brigitte Bardot) falls out of love with her husband Paul (Michel Piccoli) while he is rewriting the screenplay Odyssey by American producer Jeremiah Prokosch (Jack Palance). Just as the director of Prokosch's film, Fritz Lang, says that The Odyssey is the story of individuals confronting their situations in a real world, Le Mépris itself is an examination of the position of the filmmaker in the commercial cinema. Godard himself was facing this situation in the production of Le Mépris. Italian producer Carlo Ponti had given him the biggest budget of his career, and he found himself working with a star of Bardot's magnitude for the first time. - Louis Schwartz (allmovie.com)

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Criterion Collection 2-DVD Set #171 Special Features:

DISC 1

! New high-definition digital transfer, supervised by cinematographer Raoul Coutard and enhanced for widescreen televisions

! Audio commentary by film scholar Robert Stam

! New and improved English subtitle translation

+ Optional English-dubbed soundtrack Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition

DISC 2

! The Dinosaur and the Baby (1967): a conversation between Jean-Luc Godard and Fritz Lang (61 minutes)

! Two documentaries featuring Godard on the set of Contempt: Bardot et Godard (8 minutes) and Paparazzi (22 minutes)

! Jean-Luc Godard interview excerpt (1964)

! A new video interview with legendary cinematographer Raoul Coutard

! Original theatrical trailer
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