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Contempt

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American film producer Jeremy Prokosch hires respected Austrian director Fritz Lang (playing himself) to direct a film adaptation of Homer's “Odyssey” .

Dissatisfied with Lang's treatment of the material as an art film, Prokosch hires Paul Javal, a novelist and playwright, to rework the script. The conflict between artistic expression and commercial opportunity parallels Paul's sudden estrangement from his wife Camille Javal, who becomes aloof with Paul after being left alone with Prokosch, a millionaire playboy.
While founded on Alberto Moravia's story of the progressive estrangement between a husband and wife, Godard's version also contains deliberate parallels with aspects of his own life: while Paul, Camille, and Prokosch correspond to Ulysses, Penelope, and Poseidon, respectively, they also correspond in some ways with Godard, his wife Anna Karina (his choice of female lead), and Joseph E. Levine, the film's distributor.

Language
In French, in English, in German and in Italian with English subtitles
Origin
France/Italy
Year Released
1963
Play Time
103 min
Age Category
IIA
Director
Jean-Luc Godard
Cast
Michel Piccoli, Brigitte Bardot, Jack Palance
Color
Color
"One of Godard’s key works."
Peter Bradshaw
The Guardian