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).