Thursday, February 17, 2011

Contempt by Jean-Luc Godard , my constant source of inspiration



This is the movie I could watch nearly all the time, Contempt (Le Mépris) (1963) by Jean-luc Godard. I even call it my work movie because I find it greatly inspiring on several levels. I watched it again this afternoon and it's always the same pure visual delight. It's a great reflection on movies too.

Paul (Michel Piccoli) and Camille (Brigitte Bardot) are a happy young couple. Paul is a writer. When the movie starts, he is invited by American producer Jeremy Prokosch (Jack Palance) to meet Fritz Lang who plays himself in the movie. He is shooting an adaptation of Homer's Ulysses in the Capri island but Prokosch doesn't share the same views and asks Paul to replace him. Camille slowly starts thinking that Paul pushes her into Prokosch's arms in order to get more work from him. She gradually feels contempt for him and the couple eventually splits.

Le Mépris de Jean-Luc Godard est le film que je pourrais voir presque tout le temps. Je l'ai même baptisé mon film de travail parce qu'il m'inspire à plusieurs niveaux. Je l'ai encore regardé cet après-midi et c'est toujours le même plaisir visuel. Une très belle réflexion sur le cinéma, aussi.

Paul (Michel Piccoli) et Camille (Brigitte Bardot) sont un jeune couple heureux. Paul est écrivain. Lorsque le film commence, il est invité par le producteur américain Jeremy Prokosch à rencontrer Fritz Lang qui joue son propre rôle dans le film. Il tourne une adaptation de l'Odyssée pour Prokosch qui ne partage pas sa vision de l'oeuvre. Il propose à Paul de le remplacer. Camille s'imagine que pour gagner les faveurs du producteur, Paul la pousse dans les bras de Prokosch. Peu à peu, elle en vient à éprouver du mépris pour lui et la rupture est inévitable.

Paul and Camille meet Fritz Lang in the Cinecittà studios

Paul et Camille rencontrent Fritz Lang dans les studios de Cinecittà


Paul to Fritz Lang, quoting Dante :

Paul à Fritz Lang citant des vers de Dante :

Already the night was contemplating the stars
and our joy is turning quickly into sorrow
until the sea closes on us

Déjà la nuit contemplait les étoiles
et notre joie se métamorphose vite en pleurs
jusqu'à ce que la mer se fût refermée sur nous

Godard was pressed by his American producers to reveal more of BB nudity and had to remake some scenes.

Sous la pression des producteurs américains, Godard a dû refaire
quelques scènes de nu avec BB.

The amazing Malaparte villa on Capri island et its impressive stairs

La splendide villa Malaparte à Capri et son escalier impressionant





Some other things, I like about this movie
it ends with the word " Silenzio !"
and the music by George Delerue is truly enthralling

Ce que j'aime aussi dans ce film
est le mot de la fin, "Silenzio !"
et la musique sublime de George Delerue


pics : from the movie Le Mépris - J.L. Godard (1963)

8 comments:

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Okay, I am convinced that I need to get this movie... great synopsis and explanation without giving away everything. Merci, mon amie~

Bises,
G

The Girl from Cherry Blossom Street said...

I must see this movie!

David Engel said...

As usual you have exquisite taste! Great seeing this film here Lala!

David

Theresa Cheek said...

I think I will have to watch it too! Thanks for sharing.

Susana said...

No la he visto, pero con tu recomendación, me la apunto!

Linda Sue said...

BB, impossibly beautiful!

aguja said...

Another film to add to the viewing list! Thanks for opening it up to us!

Sara said...

This sounds like a wonderful movie on many levels. I've never seen it. But I shall look for it now.

This last photo with the gasoline pumps in the background make me curious about the price of gas...can't quite see it on the photo!

BB is such a beauty. The story line seems very bittersweet.

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