Contempt (1963)

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101 min.
Plot  American film producer Jeremy Prokosch (Jack Palance) hires respected Austrian director Fritz Lang (playing himself) to direct a film adaptation of Homer's ''Odyssey''. Dissatisfied with Lang's treatment of the material as an art film, Prokosch hires Paul Javal (Michel Piccoli), a novelist and playwright, to rework the script. The conflict between artistic expression and commercial opportunity parallels Paul's sudden estrangement from his wife Camille Javal (Brigitte Bardot), who becomes aloof with Paul after he leaves her alone with Prokosch, a millionaire playboy.

While founded on Alberto Moravia's story of the progressive estrangement between a husband and wife, Godard's version also contains deliberate parallels with aspects of his own life: while Paul, Camille, and Prokosch correspond to Ulysses, Penelope, and Poseidon, respectively, they also correspond in some ways with Godard, his wife Anna Karina (his choice of female lead), and Joseph E. Levine, the film's distributor....
  

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Cast

Brigitte Bardot
Camille Javal
Michel Piccoli
Paul Javal
Jack Palance
Jeremy Prokosch
Giorgia Moll
Francesca Vanini
Fritz Lang
(self)
Jean-Luc Godard
Lang's assistant director

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All Titles

Le mépris
French Original Title
Contempt
English Title

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France
Italy

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