Contempt Film Still

Contempt

Jean-Luc Godard

 
Contempt (Criterion DVD)

DVD

2 Discs

SRP: $39.95

Out of Print
  • France
  • 1963
  • 103 minutes
  • Color
  • 2.35:1
  • French
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  • Spine #171

Jean-Luc Godard’s subversive foray into commercial filmmaking is a star-studded Cinemascope epic. Contempt (Le Mépris) stars Michel Piccoli as a screenwriter torn between the demands of a proud European director (played by legendary director Fritz Lang), a crude and arrogant American producer (Jack Palance), and his disillusioned wife, Camille (Brigitte Bardot), as he attempts to doctor the script for a new film version of The Odyssey. The Criterion Collection is proud to present this brilliant study of marital breakdown, artistic compromise, and the cinematic process in a new special edition.

Cast

Camille JavalBrigitte Bardot
Paul JavalMichel Piccoli
Jeremiah ProkoschJack Palance
Francesca VaniniGeorgia Moll
HimselfFritz Lang

Disc Features

SPECIAL EDITION DOUBLE-DISC SET:

  • New high-definition digital transfer, supervised by cinematographer Raoul Coutard and enhanced for widescreen televisions
  • Audio commentary by film scholar Robert Stam
  • The Dinosaur and the Baby (1967): a conversation between Jean-Luc Godard and Fritz Lang (61 minutes)
  • Two documentaries featuring Godard on the set of Contempt: Bardot et Godard (8 minutes) and Paparazzi (22 minutes)
  • Jean-Luc Godard interview excerpt (1964)
  • A new video interview with legendary cinematographer Raoul Coutard
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • Optional English-dubbed soundtrack
  • Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition

    Cover design by Michael Boland, based on a theatrical poster

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Contempt: The Story of a Marriage

By Phillip LopateDecember 09, 2002

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