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Contempt (Le Mépris) [Blu-ray] (1963)

Brigitte Bardot , Michel Piccoli , Jean-Luc Godard  |  NR |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Brigitte Bardot, Michel Piccoli, Jack Palance, Fritz Lang, Giorgia Moll
  • Directors: Jean-Luc Godard
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French, Spanish
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Dubbed: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: February 16, 2010
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002ZG4Q66
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,750 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Legendary director Jean-Luc Godard’s CONTEMPT is a movie within a movie – on the surface, the film is about a director (Michel Piccoli) whose wife Camille (Brigitte Bardot) falls out of love with him while he is rewriting an adaptation of Homer’s ODYSSEY for an American producer (Jack Palance). But underneath this tragic tale of a doomed romance lies Godard’s true subject: the commercial film industry, which he shows his CONTEMPT for in a directing performance that is slyly subversive, darkly comic and completely original.

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53 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars OUTSTANDING! December 30, 2002
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Criterion does it again. A wonderful, fascinating 1963 film rescued from terrible, faded prints and murky video transfers and made to look - like Criterion's equally outstanding refurbishment of Fellini's "Juliet of the Spirits" - almost like a brand-new movie; as clean and as beautiful as I have ever seen it. Not everyone will "get" what Jean-Luc Godard is up to with "Contempt", and some will get it but still not care for it - fair enough. He never claimed to be making movies for every audience any more than he claimed to be making them for rarefied elites, nevertheless a broad spectrum of us do understand and appreciate his artistic project (of which this is one sublime outcome), and if you can suspend for two hours the narrow, conventional expectations Hollywood product has cultivated in many of us, that number may include you. Robert Stam's alternate-channel audio commentary provides many interesting insights regarding the significance and filmmaking innovations of "Contempt", along with superb analysis of the sources of the story (in Homer and recent Italian literature) and the performances, and some information regarding how the movie came to be cast and produced, which goes a long way toward explaining why Godard made the movie he eventually made. "Contempt" may be Godard's most "conventional" film, but then art is not only about innovation, but also about mastery. If the performances are not always so subtle they are nevertheless wonderfully nuanced, including that of the great director (and non-actor) Fritz Lang, and Brigitte Bardot - still at the apogee of her Gallic voluptuousness - reveals a depth unimagined by those quick to dismiss her bathtub sex kitten persona - not to mention, most of her legendarily beautiful naked body, in Technicolor and CinemaScope. Read more ›
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
By andy7
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One of Brigitte Bardot's few high brow films is an amazing modern Space Age parable of the Homer's "Odyssey" in which innocuous writer Michel Piccoli allows sleazy creep producer Jack Palance (his best film, hands down) have his way with wife BB...she feels nothing but contempt for Piccoli for his apathy... I'm with her...the screenplay to the proposed film is supposed to be about the death of romance between Ulysses and Penelope in Homer's "Odyssey", but life imitates art when the romance between BB and Piccoli rots away due to Piccoli's wimpy attitude toward Palance's lecherous advances towards his wife...then again, Palance clearly reperesents commerce......
This is a superior film to "Breathless", IMHO, .. the film is total eye candy, if not due to the awesome BB, then by the gorgeous locations...
Godard really deserves more credit, he's a consummate filmmaker......Breathless, Alphaville, First Name Carmen, Band of Outsiders...
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49 of 56 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Misfire on Blu-Ray June 21, 2010
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This is,without a doubt, one of the best films ever made by Godard and his cinematographer, Raoul Coutard.
The Criterion Collection transfer is impeccable - sharp focus, well-balanced primary colors, great sound.
The Blue-ray disc (not from Criterion but Lionsgate's Studio Canal label) is a major disappointment on just about every level - especially with the color levels. There appears to be a yellowish cast to everything. No hard reds, blues, yellows or greens.
Skin tones are dull and gray. It seems to have been made from completely different elements, with no reference to the original intent, or even the Coutard approved transfer.
At least it was not panned and scanned, about the only thing in it's favor.
If you have the Criterion version already - keep it.
The "up grade" to Blu-Ray is NOT an improvement.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally, Tenderly, Tragically September 26, 2004
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Camille: "Then you love me totally."

Paul: "I love you totally, tenderly, tragically."

Such is the story of Camille and Paul, whose lives we watch slowly unravel in tender tragedy. This is a movie to be watched and to be felt; to be understood by the part of you that has struggled to change an unchangeable love or the part of you that has felt the urge to desecrate your own life simply out of restless need to feel something new or understand something raw.

To begin with, Godard takes insoluble feelings of love/hate/restlessness/desire/contempt and weaves it under a thin layer of lives, which as you watch, cannot be seen directly but is clearly felt. He foregoes standard cinematic technique/storytelling criteria as he drops changing color filters over Bardot's introductory nude scene and compares the raging emotions of man against the widescapes of the still ocean and skies (as is seen in particularly breathtaking shots rotating around Greek statues with eyes painted in bright red against a backdrop of bluish white skies and a tortuous finale to which Godard himself yells "Silence!" and cuts to the motionless sea).

On top of this, the musical score done by Georges Delerue has been called the most beautiful score ever heard. It is repeated throughout the movie and it comes and goes unpredictably, like the asthmatic attacks that life often unveils at times not necessarily warranted. Altogether, this movie is an honest replication of feelings that course through all of us during the best of times and the worst of times.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ... hating making the film but it's one of his best ever, and one of...
Godard apparently hating making the film but it's one of his best ever, and one of the best European films of the 1960s. Immortalized by Georges Delerue's poignant score.
Published 2 days ago by L. A. Lalande
5.0 out of 5 stars Brigitte had some limitations as an actress, but she ...
Brigitte had some limitations as an actress, but she played a woman of limited intelligence. But her body, which was fully exposed as she frequently lay sunbathing on her belly, is... Read more
Published 21 days ago by Robert Bagg
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like a linear flow of events
If you like a linear flow of events, it's possible you may not like "Contempt" But it's beautifully shot with both the dialogue and action capturing the conflicting... Read more
Published 26 days ago by Deep Blue
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 1 month ago by Markie Mark U.K
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good movie
Published 3 months ago by jane trixie
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest films
Nobody needs my opinion of this great film. It is considered a masterpiece by most of the film critics. No serious film fan would miss viewing it several times.
Published 5 months ago by rembrandt
1.0 out of 5 stars Hate the movie!
Dumbest acting job. What a waste of time! This woman is famous for her looks. Admittedly her looks is not bad. But a typical blonde~
Published 6 months ago by taxi52006
1.0 out of 5 stars Uninspiring to say the least.....
What a waste of talent, time and scenery. Repetitious lines, a story that goes nowhere, and actors who seem to have forgotten they are being paid to act - although I will have to... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Anonymous
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic
Poignant, evocative, and relatable, even in 2014. One of Godard's finest works and a must-see. Brigitte Bardot puts on an impressive performance.
Published 8 months ago by Nic Nogulich
4.0 out of 5 stars Great French New Wave Film!
A lovely film to watch if one wants to get into French New Wave films. Bardot did an excellent job.
Published 11 months ago by Casey Martin
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It's very good. I think it's worth owning. here's the review from bluray.com
http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/Contempt-Blu-ray/8405/
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