FilmForum Presents: Jean-Luc Godard’s CONTEMPT

June 30 - July 13, 2023 - Starting @12:20, 2:30, 4:40, 6:50, and 9pm.

Contempt… that’s what ex-typist Bardot has for screenwriter husband Piccoli—but why? Does she think he used her to get a lucrative assignment (a screen adaptation of Homer’s The Odyssey) from overbearing American producer Jack Palance? Was it a flirtation with multilingual interpreter Giorgia Moll? Or does she just not love him anymore? Even with international stars (plus a cameo by legendary director Fritz Lang), a best-selling novel by Alberto Moravia, two high-maintenance producers (Joseph E. Levine and Carlo Ponti), and the biggest budget of his career, Godard still succeeded in overturning the conventions of mainstream filmmaking, while producing a meditation on a crumbling marriage; post-Hollywood moviemaking; the pitfalls of international productions; and CinemaScope (“only for snakes and funerals,” chortles Lang).

Hudson Square

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