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on November 12, 2017
Sorry for the delay but didn’t have a chance to watch the DVD until this weekend. I have never seen this movie before and I really liked it a lot. Good performance by everyone, except Jack Palance who is overacting all the time; he should have not been casted for this movie, wrong movie for his acting abilities.
It seems that this Blu-ray is issued by StudioCanal and came with a slipcase; however, the copy I received just came in a simple Blu-ray case. This Blu-ray disc is regions A/B and have multiple languages subtitles selection.
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on June 22, 2003
Jean-Luc Godard's Contempt is abstract at times, analystic at most, and full of the contemptuous vibes that deliver the film its title, and, indeed, consistently interesting entry in the Godard catalog of work. It examines a lead character in a bit of a sense like how Fellini examined a lead in 8 1/2, except that while in that he toyed and illuminated his fantasies about his struggles in filmmaking process, Godard slums in it, though with a carefully tuned attitude and style. He knows he's making an "art" film as much as he's making a "commercial" film, and that adds to its appeal. Like a good number of his films it's off putting at times, but the way the characters look into the film within the film, in this case the Odyssey, as well as they essentially do for this one, Goddard has made a fascinating hybrid on the workings of Hollywood.
His lead is played by Michael Piccoli, who like Fellini's Mastorianni is the torn screenwriter, torn in this case in three directions- one by a commercial producer (Jack Palance) who wants the production to be epic but has many reservations about the craft; another by a legendary director (all the more so since Lang is playing himself) who is only interested in the art of it, like when he views slides and shots of old Greek statues and such, and Palance chucks the film around the room; the last by his wife, played by the beautiful (if slightly depressing) Bridget Bardot who has as many or more inner demons as her husband. Their conversation, which lasts a longish if hypnotic half an hour, gives Bardot her spotlight in the picture.
Like an Odyssey of sorts the film becomes, lending itself to Godard's focus on the aspect of the idea of characters breaking down, and how the atmosphere he creates is one that can understandably make anyone crack. Contempt isn't a milestone for the filmmaker, but it's watchable as a second or third film to introduce the common viewer to Godard, and for film buffs it provides a wide, captivating glimpse of the film world for film buffs.
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Cinematically rich! The dissolution of a marriage is poetically juxtaposed to the mythic tale of 'The Odyssey.' This film is also a commentary on artistic compromise and the process of filmmaking. To me, the difference between Odysseus' character analysis within the film and book 'Contempt (New York Review Books Classics)' is of paramount interest. In the film, only two alternatives are provided, by the producer and director, and Paul chooses a vision. However, in the book, the script writer has his own perspective. Even more telling is the view espoused by the producer in the film (actually the director in the book), reveals a demythologized, anti-heroric, debased world, which Paul fully supports. The compromise is complete!!!
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on August 22, 2016
A classic tragedy. Jerry, the American producer, offers Paul, a modestly successful writer, a well-paying job on his latest movie. Paul and his extra-ordinarily beautiful wife, Camille, invest in a lovely new home. Then Jerry starts making sexual advances on Camille ...
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on October 1, 2014
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 spectacular.
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on January 8, 2013
First of all, gorgeous restoration - the image is sharp and vivid, and since primary colors are a big part of this movie that matters. The story of a failing marriage told through the prism of international filmmaking, it's mostly a chamber piece. in typical Godard fashion, the two lead characters are both recognizable and enigmatically opaque.

My only complaint with the movie is that it's kinda glum. The sprightliness only creeps in at the edges.
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on July 2, 2013
GODARD'S MASTERPIECE ON EXCELLENT HOME VIDEO FORMAT FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER. CRITERION MADE A CLASSIC EDITION FOR THIS EXCELLENT WORK, AND AS A DVD, IT DID PERFECTLY WELL----WITH A BUNCH OF EXCLUSIVE DOCUMENTARIES AS SPECIAL FEATURES, AND I'M SURE STUDIO CANAL BLURAY EDITION DIDN'T DO THAT BETTER ON THE IMAGE QUALITY.
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on March 22, 2018
Strange story great sets
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on October 22, 2003
What a great movie that is and i saw it 20 times. This is a great transfer with the original movie opening (credits) for me this is the perfect movie ever made, Brigitte Bardot is rather gorgeous and plays Camille in a very passive way, the movie is full of rich colourRed Blue and White, a very intelligent movie and i like the movie inside the movie, A great Cast too Michel Piccoli playing Brigitte husband, Fritz lanf playing himself as the great Film director and Jack Palance playing the american producer . The movie was shot in Capri and the music is simply
haunting. For me this is the perfect movie, and it feeds all my senses, great photography by Raoul Coutard, stunning Location and a very stunning Brigitte Bardot who can prove that she was rather a good actress.THE EXTRAS ARE AMAZING TOO, A VERY RARE DOCUMENTARY MADE ABOUT BB "PAPARAZZI" SHOWING A PURSUED Brigitte. and a couple of interesting interviews of Fritz Lang and Jean Luc Goddard. IF YOU MUST BUY A GODDARD MOVIE THIS IS THE ONE TO ADD TO YOUR COLLECTION. SIMPLY INTELLIGENT AND THE OPENING SCENE Of BB AND Piccoli (when she asked him if she likes her body and ...) is a very arty nude scene added by goddard to please the american producer.One of BB BEST MOVIE ALONG WITH THE TRUTH (Made by Clouzot).I LOVE IT !!!
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on October 19, 2014
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.
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