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Spine #171

Dec 10, 2002

Number of Discs: 1

  • 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono
  • French Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono
  • English subtitles


Directed By: Jean-Luc Godard
Starring: Brigitte Bardot, Michel Piccoli, Jack Palance, Georgia Moll, Fritz Lang
Licensor: Studio Canal

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Jean-Luc Godard's subversive foray into commercial filmmaking is a star-studded Cinemascope epic. Contempt (Le M├ępris) 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.

  • 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


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