Contempt (Le mépris)
Location: Redstone Theater
Dir. Jean-Luc Godard. 1963, 102 mins. DCP. With Brigitte Bardot, Michel Piccoli, Jack Palance. Scenes from a marital breakdown between screenwriter (Michel Piccoli) and his wife (Brigitte Bardot), as both become enmeshed in the behind-the-camera struggles of a director (Fritz Lang) and producer (Jack Palance) as they film an adaptation of Homer’s The Odyssey. Based on a novel by Alberto Moravia, this crackling widescreen classic is one of Godard’s most bracing and entertaining movies. This was Rialto’s first blockbuster success. It was virtually unavailable before its 1997 reissue, as all existing prints had faded to magenta. Bruce Goldstein’s desire to show Contempt in a gorgeous color and CinemaScope 35mm print was one of his inspirations for founding Rialto.
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