There are few filmmakers like Jean-Luc Godard, and even fewer films like “Contempt” (“Le Mépris”). It’s a crucial viewing for any cinephile, and for those living across the pond, the picture is headed back to the big screen where it deserves to be seen, and BFI has dropped a terrific a new trailer.
Featuring Brigitte Bardot, Michel Piccoli, Jack Palance, and legendary director Fritz Lang (playing himself), the film tracks the making of a movie and dissolution of a marriage. But of course, in the hands of Godard, it’s so much more. Featuring terrific CinemaScope cinematography by Raoul Coutard, a score by Georges Delerue, and some truly forward-thinking editing, the picture is a feast for the eyes and mind.
“Contempt” returns to the big screen in the U.K. on January 1, 2016. For those of you stateside, you’ll have to cross your fingers and hope it lands here (or track down the out-of-print Criterion release).