Considered one of Godard’s key and most powerful works, Le mépris is a satirical and sensuous drama, a meditation on the relationship between art and life, film and reality. Hired to rework the script of Homer’s Odyssey, playwright and novelist Paul Javal encounters the challenging conflict between artistic expression and commercial opportunity. Arguably semi-autobiographical of Godard’s own life, Raoul Coutard’s voyeuristic camera exposes the gradual yet destructive estrangement of Paul from his wife Camille. Le mépris is a masterpiece in filmmaking and world cinema.
- Savoy Cinema, Penzance (scr1)
France/Italy 1963 102m