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Trailers from Hell Revisits Godard's 'Contempt'

Photo of Trailers From Hell By Trailers From Hell | Thompson on Hollywood May 16, 2014 at 11:30AM

Today on Trailers from Hell, Larry Karaszewski looks closely at Jean-Luc Godard's 1963 meta-masterpiece, "Contempt," starring the untouchable Brigitte Bardot.
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Brigitte Bardot in 'Contempt'
Brigitte Bardot in 'Contempt'

Today on Trailers from Hell, Larry Karaszewski looks closely at Jean-Luc Godard's 1963 meta-masterpiece, "Contempt," starring the untouchable Brigitte Bardot.

Perhaps Jean-Luc Godard's most accessible feature, "Contempt" is nearly (but not quite) conventional in the way it tells its tale of the disintegration of the marriage between a bored trophy wife (Brigitte Bardot) and her ineffectual husband. Michel Piccoli plays the well-meaning screenwriter who is about to lose his beautiful playmate to an arrogant bully-boy producer played by Jack Palance. Godard's cool-as-a-cucumber approach, offset by Raoul Coutard's ravishing cinematography and Georges Delerue's achingly beautiful score, makes "Contempt" a moving yet defiantly unsentimental experience. Martin Scorsese tipped his hat to Godard's classic in 1995's "Casino" (where Delerue's music underscored De Niro and Stone's doomed relationship).

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.