A new 50th anniversary restoration of Jean-Luc Godard’s Contempt (1963), the director’s look at a crumbling marriage, will play at Film Forum for a two-week engagement.
Contempt…that’s what ex-typist Brigitte Bardot has for husband playwright/screenwriter Piccoli—but why? Does she think he used her to get that lucrative assignment (to re-write an adaptation of The Odyssey) from overbearing American producer Jack Palance? Was it that fanny pat to multilingual interpreter Giorgia Moll? Or does she just “not love him anymore?”
New Wave wild man Godard, given international stars, a best-selling novel by Alberto Moravia, two high-maintenance producers, and the biggest budget of his career, still succeeded in overturning the conventions of mainstream filmmaking, while producing a meditation on post-Hollywood filmmaking, the pitfalls of international co-productions, CinemaScope (“only for snakes and funerals,” chortles Lang), and Bardot’s derrière.
Author Phillip Lopate will introduce the 7:45 show on Friday, September 6 in a special event co-sponsored by the New York Review of Books. The NYRB Classics edition of Moravia’s novel will be on sale at Film Forum during the run.
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