11th January 2025 // Le Mepris

LE MÉPRIS (CONTEMPT) (CERT. 15)
FRANCE-ITALY 1963 DIRECTED BY JEAN-LUC GODARD
COLOUR 103 MINS
WITH: BRIGITTE BARDOT, JACK PALANCE, MICHEL
PICCOLI, FRITZ LANG

A French screen-writer is hired to script a film of The Odyssey at
Cinecittá in Rome, but encounters a conflict between the demands of
his American producer and his wife’s respect.

54th in Sight and Sound’s 2022 Greatest Films of All Time poll

Cahiers du Cinéma – Best Film

‘The greatest work of art produced in post-war Europe.’ – Colin McCabe

‘Brilliant, romantic and genuinely tragic – one of the greatest films ever made about the
actual process of film-making.’ – Martin Scorsese

‘A clever and engrossing account of a marital crisis and of film-making.’ – Leslie Halliwell

‘A departure from Godard’s previous playfulness into the depths of a romantic lament.’ –
Peter Strickland

‘Godard is the first film-maker to bristle with the effort of digesting all previous cinema and
to make cinema itself his subject.’ – David Thomson

‘Godard’s films are no more explainable than a late Beethoven quartet. Before anything
else, they must be experienced. – Kent Jones