New York State Writers Institute - Classic Film Series

Contempt Movie PosterCONTEMPT
(Le Mépris)

February 9, 2001 (Friday) at 7:30 p.m.
Page Hall, 135 Western Avenue
(Free and Open to the Public)

(French/Italian, 1963, 102 minutes, color, 16mm)

Directed by Jean-Luc Godard
(In French with English subtitles)
Starring Brigitte Bardot, Jack Palance, Fritz Lang, Michel Piccoli

CONTEMPT, a modern-day retelling of Homer's THE ODYSSEY, takes a satiric look at international movie making and the conflict between commercialism and artistic expression. Film producers, worried about getting their investment back, begin to ask the director to make changes. The film was director Godard's first experience with big-budget filmmaking and his first use of a star of the magnitude of Brigitte Bardot.