The odyssey

Everything old is New Wave again in Godard's Contempt

In Contempt, the whole backdrop is of an ugly American with money lecturing master director Lang about the real meaning of the Odyssey; it's turf that resembles, albeit in a more serious mode, the drubbing Godard would hand Cannon Films two decades later in King Lear. And in the end, much of the movie is thus self-reflexive--perhaps more so than Godard could have intended while on the set.

Contempt (Le Mepris).
Directed and written by Jean-Luc Godard; based on the novel Il Disprezzo (A Ghost at Noon) by Alberto Moravia. Starring Brigitte Bardot, Michel Piccoli, Jack Palance, Fritz Lang, Giorgia Moll, and Godard. Opens Friday.

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