Le mépris = Contempt

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[Irvington, N.Y.] : Criterion Collection, [2002].
Physical Desc
2 videodiscs (104 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.


General Note
Credits from English subtitles.
General Note
Originally released as a motion picture in 1963.
General Note
Based on the novel Il disprezzo by Alberto Moravia.
General Note
Features: Disc one: audio commentary by film scholar Robert Stam. Disc two: The dinosaur and the baby (1967): a conversation between Jean-Luc Godard and Fritz Lang (60 min.); Encounter with Fritz Lang (1963): a short film by Peter Fleischmann; two 1963 documentaries by Jacques Rozier featuring Godard on the set of Contempt: Bardot et Godard and Paparazzi; Jean-Luc Godard interview excerpt from the French television program Cinepanorama (1964); interview with cinematographer Raoul Coutard (2002); original theatrical trailer.
Creation/Production Credits
Cinematography, Raoul Coutard; editor, Agnès Guillemot; music, Georges Delerue.
Brigitte Bardot, Michel Piccoli, Jack Palance, Giorgia Moll, Fritz Lang.
On Capri, an Italian crew makes a German film of Homer's Odyssey; Fritz Lang directs with American money. Prokosch, the producer, with his sneer and red Alfa, holds art films in contempt and hires writer Javal to help Lang commercialize the picture. Against this backdrop, Javal's marriage to Camille, a young former typist, disintegrates. It opens with the couple talking in bed, she asking assurance that he finds her attractive. Later that day he introduces her to Prokosch, and, unawares, blunders unforgivably. The rest of the film portrays her, in their apartment and in public, expressing her hurt and change of heart and his slow grasp of the source of her contempt.
Target Audience
MPAA rating: Not rated.
System Details
DVD, region 1, widescreen (2.35:1) presentation, enhanced for 16:9 widescreen televisions; RSDL dual-layer; Dolby Digital 1.0 (mono).
French or English dialogue, optional English subtitles.

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APA Citation, 7th Edition (style guide)

Godard, J., Beauregard, G. d., Ponti, C., Bardot, B., Piccoli, M., Palance, J., Moll, G., Lang, F., & Moravia, A. (2002). Le mépris =: Contempt (Special ed.). Criterion Collection.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Jean-Luc Godard et al.. 2002. Le Mépris =: Contempt. Criterion Collection.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities (Notes and Bibliography) Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Jean-Luc Godard et al.. Le Mépris =: Contempt Criterion Collection, 2002.

MLA Citation, 9th Edition (style guide)

Godard, Jean-Luc, et al. Le Mépris =: Contempt Special ed., Criterion Collection, 2002.

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