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Reel Reviews – Contempt

Reel Review #31: “I love you. Totally… tenderly… tragically.” Today we look at the 1963 Jean-Luc Godard film, Contempt. Staring an international cast: Brigitte Bardot, Michel Piccoli, Jack Palance and Fritz Lang. The film focuses both on a film within a film and the tragic loss of love between the two main characters. This is a film with intense visuals and ground breaking camera work that you will not soon forget. Check it out.

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  1. Gravatar Icon 1 philip mozolak Mar 24th, 2005 at 8:38 pm

    contempt may be the best and most polorizing movie ever. i wanted to leave this quick post before i really give the full power post on Le Mepris.
    peace

    moze

  2. Gravatar Icon 2 Michael Mar 25th, 2005 at 10:27 am

    Phillip, thanks for the comment. I debated about whether or not to give the original french title (Le Mepris). I know that I have french speaking listeners who would be appalled at my pronunciation. That would also set the precedent for me to attempt the pronunciation of any future foreign films – I know there are some I can’t handle, particularly the Kurosawa films. ;)

  3. Gravatar Icon 3 Barry Mar 25th, 2005 at 4:20 pm

    Michael,

    Thanks for your review of Godard’s Contempt (Le Mepris). I saw it years ago at the Museum of Modern Art and was struck by its scenic beauty. Months ago I read about 4 books on Godard. From what I recall the camera moves, uninterrupted, back and forth in the pivotal scene between Bardot and Piccoli. (I’m not sure you mentioned that, though you did remark on the camera’s amazing mobility within that confined space.) Also, as you were understandably impressed with Raoul Coutard’s cinematography and Georges Delerue’s musical score, I believe that both of these artists deserve credit in your review. Now having said all of that, let me thank you sincerely for sharing your love of film with such enthusiasm and insight. Keep up the great work!

    Best Wishes,

    Barry

  4. Gravatar Icon 4 philip mozolak Mar 25th, 2005 at 6:56 pm

    film about film movie to look at is Truffaut’s DAY FOR NIGHT

  5. Gravatar Icon 5 Michael Mar 25th, 2005 at 9:21 pm

    Barry,

    Thanks for your comments. You are correct. I should have given “credit” to both Coutard and Delerue. This hits upon one of the tricks in podcasting. Unlike like text, you can’t go back and add a few sentences. For me, a scripted approach, which would ensure that I say everything I mean to, does not work. Instead, I prefer to approach my podcast, much as I would a conversation. (I cheat a little and jot down 5 or 6 bullet points and a few names but thats it.) I feel it sounds more natural, conveying my sentiments and enthusiasm more effectively. The downside is that sometimes I finish and realize there was something I meant to comment on or say and had forgotten. This is such a case. I actually had Delerue’s name written down in my notes but when I finished I realized I had not used it. Unfortunately, the choice then is to do the whole thing over, or at least a large portion or just live with it. Im sure you can appreciate; usually I choose to live with it. ;)

    Thanks again. I’m glad you are enjoying the show.

  6. Gravatar Icon 6 Barry Mar 29th, 2005 at 10:02 am

    I fully appreciate and respect the position you are in when recording your critiques. Don’t change a thing!

    I would like to express some additional comments regarding “Contempt.” In your review, you referred to Alberto Moravia, whose novel, “A Ghost at Noon,” was the basis for the film. You might be interested in learning – if you do not already now – that he is also the author of several other works that have been adapted for the screen, including “The Conformist,” “The Empty Canvas,” “Time of Indifference” and “Two Women.” The books are expertly translated. Personally, I highly recommend “Two Adolescents.”

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