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CONTEMPT

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One of Jean-Luc Godard's greatest and most glorious films features French screenwriter Michel Piccoli who signs on to write an adaptation of Homer's "Odyssey" for crass American producer Jack Palance, to be directed by legendary German director Fritz Lang (playing himself). But with every concession and deferral Piccoli makes to the overbearing American, his wife Brigitte Bardot loses a little more respect for him. Raoul Coutard's widescreen lensing on location at Rome's famous Cinecittà studios and Casa Malaparte on the isle of Capri — not to mention the landscape that is Bardot's famous physique in the film's notorious opening sequence —make the film one of the most visually distinctive of the 1960s. "Brilliant, romantic and genuinely tragic. It's also one of the greatest films ever made about the actual process of moviemaking." – Martin Scorsese. DIR/SCR Jean-Luc Godard, from the novel "Il disprezzo" by Alberto Moravia; PROD Georges de Beauregard, Carlo Ponti, Joseph E. Levine. France/Italy, 1963, color, 103 min. In English, French, German and Italian with English subtitles. NOT RATED

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103 Minutes
Romance drama

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