5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Godard (and Bardot)'s finest film
Quite seriously in my view the best film directed by Jean Luc-Godard & I've seen most of them.I had read the novella ("A Ghost at Noon" by Alberto Moravia),on which it is based,before I first saw the film at an art house in the early 1970s & I thought it stunning....it was made in the early 60s but was deemed too non-commercial for general release.Godard has brilliantly...
Published on 13 Dec 2010 by jake 09
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Scenes from a marriage played out in the Italian sunshine
A German, an Italian, an American, and two annoying Frenchies. Has Bardot fallen out of love with her husband, or is it in fact he who has ceased to care for her and now only maintains the habit, the proprietorial affect of her lord and master? Their marital tennis game is set against the filming of Homer's Odyssey, inspiring the screenwriter husband of Bardot, the...
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Terribly dull and tedious,
Being a fan of Brigitte Bardot, and having enjoyed most of the films I'd seen of hers which are available in French with English subtitles, I had been looking forward to seeing this one, especially as it had been well received by a critic with whose ratings of other films I had generally found myself in agreement.
What a let-down !
This is a good example of how a director, in trying to be somehow innovative and different, has made a complete hash of a film which, directed quite differently - dare I say, directed as Jean-Luc Godard might have directed it ten years previously -could have been absorbing and engaging, involving us, the audience, wholeheartedly in the story-line and in the fate of the three main figures who are involved in it.
As it is, the film is dull almost beyond belief for a film involving Brigitte Bardot, and the acting is so obviously no more than that - acting, to fit in with a way of directing the film which is misconceived and results in a product which shouts "contrived !" and "pretentious" to anyone honest enough to recognise that that is just what it is.
8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good stuff,
From the very first shot, this film seemlessly blends intense melodrama with a more wistful and abstract feeling of loss. The contempt is never actually explained, and everything ends in a self sabotaging, wonderfully anti theatrical manner that brilliantly undermines the films constant reference to standard cinematic practice (the film is set on a movie set, and stars Fritz Lang as himself. Wonderful!)
Almost every cinematic conciet is deliberately overused, for example the long, flowing dollys (even a standard shot/countershot conversation is shot on a dolly) and the persistant, repetitive main theame music that permeates everything, to the dizzying conflict of the principal chracters different languages (language is portrayed as the barrier here, its more the unxplainable and impeceptable contempt that suddenly flares up in the central chracters previously flawless love.)
Absolute classic Goddard, proberbly his best film, and almost flawless in every respect.
7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Godard,
Generally considered to be Godard's finest work, Le Mépris is a film about film and about the disintegration of a marriage, where neither party is sure why the relationship is falling apart. The acting is excellent, with Brigitte Bardot giving a mesmerising and enigmatic performance. The direction is superb and stylish, particularly in terms of Godard's use of colour. (The film was made in 1963, when colour was just beginning to be introduced, so it was very much a new tool.) This is a film where little happens, but which burns itself into your consciousness.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Je Sens Pas De Mépris Pour Ce Blu-Ray!,
This review is from: Le Mepris [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
"I still don't know what contempt is, even after making this movie" - Jean-Luc Goddard.
Brigitte Bardot and Michel Piccoli are lovers, he a scriptwriter, her a typist. Paul is desperate for some work in cinema, and finds an American who'll give him a chance; but as the film unfolds, their lives drift apart, until they just feel "le mépris".
This is a classic Goddard movie, which can be tedious at times, but if you stick with it, it's rewarding. Bardot is very good as the rather capricious Camille who wants her own way, and Goddard admits that he had to add more nude scenes for her as the public wanted to see that. Michel Piccoli, a Dean Martin wannabe looks more like a twist between him and Pete Dougherty from Babyshambles - which is funny really. His role is good and he makes the best of the script.
This isn't a bad Blu-Ray, but don't hold out for a big change, this still has poor sound even though it has a DTS Master Audio soundtrack. I was impressed with the picture though as it does have a cinematic shine to it. It must have been difficult to film it black and white and colour it later - so it's good to see the picture in such top form, at least there is no film damage there, I would say it's the best you'll get from this film, now heading into it's 45th year. There are English, Italian and Spanish dubs to go aside the French, but really I'd not bother with these as they're not great (personally I can't stand dubbing, I'd rather read the subs, at least you get the real voice and dynamic of the story.)
The extras are fitting too, Jean-Luc Goddard talks about making Le Mépris, which is interesting. It's been a while since I have watched a making of, usually they get boring during the thousands of takes they do, but this is good, Goddard at ease with the interviewer, smoking his cigar, and old material of him talking to Fritz Lang about the movie during the planning stages. It's also lovely that we get the HD version of this. I didn't bother with the other extras as I felt quite content that I'd got the lowdown on Le Mépris. The trailer is great too, very 60's and funky.
Altogether I think Bardot and Goddard fans have been spoilt here, it's a good release with accompanying literature (I have not seen this as I rented this), which really celebrates this first commercial success for Jean-Luc, who was only 33 at the time.
Go get it!
14 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful film,
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This is a wonderful piece of filmaking and is surely Bardot's finest hour. It is a masterpiece directed by a genius; the cinematography is gorgeous and the mesmeric score serves to add to the atmosphere. Fantastic.
12 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous....,
Gorgeously shot, incredibly haunting film. The gliding camera lets you feel as though you're actually there in the film. The colours are rich and sexy, disguising the underlying dark tone of the story.
Still not as good as A Bout de Souffle, but then what is?
Oh, and Brigitte Bardot looks unbelievable as well......
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars About European culture,
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Godard's Le mépris (1963) assembles a lot of prominence, of various dimensions: Brigitte Bardot as Camille, sex kitten and wife of Paul Javel, a script writer (Michel Piccoli), Jack Palance as the maniacal American producer Jeremy Prokosch, Georgia Moll as his hard-hit secretary, and finally Fritz Lang, playing himself filming Homer's Odyssey. The text is after Alberto Moravia's novel, Carlo Ponti is co-producer, so the location is Italy, Capri, Italian writer Curzio Malaparte's avant-gardist villa (built 1937).
All roles are taken to their extremes - from Miss Bardot's, as one critic called it, "mockery of the cinema business with tame nudity" to Fritz Lang's insistence on his view of the conflict between Odysseus, his far-away wife Penelope and Sea God Poseidon. Prokosch wants Paul Javal to rewrite the script and his wife for recreation. In the process, Camille declares herself out of love with Paul, in a debate of over half an hour and essentially one scene.
In the end, Camille elopes with Prokosch in his red sports car, both getting soon killed in a road accident with a fuel tanker. This end, of course, annihilates a lot of what seemed relevant earlier, including the inconclusive discussion between Lang and Javal/Prokosch. These, however, are not the only allusions to ulterior subjects - like the film industry, stardom, vanity and sanity ... Even without catching all these - you tend to get at least one more for each extra viewing - the film is immaculate, Godard's regular cameraman Raoul Coutard at his best in colour.
7 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A film about Politics,
The other reviews appear blind to the fact that this is one of Godard's first forays into political metaphor.
The film sets a playwright with an interest in art for art's sake against an American 'movie' maker who ends up stealing his wife. Effectively, the woman caught between them represents European society - I believe. She is shamed by the behaviour of her husband who she feels allowed the US movie-maker to have an opportunity to take advantage of her for personal gain. In the end she leaves him for the American who she otherwise dispises because of that shame and in spite of it.
The movie which is set in Italy, I believe, is a metaphor for Godard's disgust at what some would call the 'revisionism' of mainstream communism. (To give us a clue the playwright discloses that he has joined the communist party). The metaphor demonstrates the outworkings of a European (eurocommunist) left which accommodates to US imperialism (as represented by a foul-minded and base US movie-maker). European society loses faith in the non-idealist European left and turns to the US in disgust - to its inevitable doom.
There are obvious parallels between this movie and the Odyssey itself - which I guess can be made to parallel the political metaphor. Important is the theme throughout that the playwright believes that Homer left to fight at Troy because of existing problems.
Overall a very complex movie operating at several different levels of metaphor.
The shooting is exquisite. The acting by all is very good - although I though Bardot was not as good as some of the other commentators suggest. Jack Palance was the perfect cad.
5 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BRIGITTE BARDOT,
This review is from: Le Mepris [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
This is released in Australia already, same packaging. and the quality is wonderful.
Very sharp and beautiful colour.
also English dubbed as well as the original French tracks in 5.1
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Jean Luc Godard,
If this was his best film, I am not sure I need to see more, it was good to see BB acting for a change, I found this interesting rather than enthralling
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