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quite simply, le mepris is it's own work of art
on 10 May 2003
contrary to some of the above reviews, this is not a particularly accessible film and listening to the feedback of the 100 people who recently watched it with me is not necessarily for regular film buffs.
Some shots are painfully long and much of the narrative is shot in real time, so you may find it a bit slow, boring and after the finality of the death of the central female protagonist, you might feel pretty depressed! however, because godard is so occupied with making you as an audience work hard to unravel what's going on in the minds of the central characters, you might like that it's refreshingly challenging. its the kind of film that makes you realise how commercial hollywood cinema (something godard demonstrably disapproves of in le mepris) has a tendancy to lull you into the story and dictates to you how to interpret scenes and characters.
for those of you who seriously adore french new wave cinema, this is by no means a film that's easy to review and i can't begin to communicate how relevant and innovative a film this is. there are so many intrinsically placed themes that run alongside the production of the odyssey, the death of cinema as an art form, the breakdown of a marriage, the misuse of love and morality, the parallels between reality and fantasy...quite simply the film is its own work of art.