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Contempt

Contempt

1963 / 102min / DCP

DIRECTOR: JEAN-LUC GODARD

CAST: BRIGITTE BARDOT, MICHEL PICCOLI, JACK PALANCE, FRITZ LANG

Brigitte Bardot is not-infrequently undressed in this sumptuous, aching portrait of marital dissolution, but the costume cues here are nevertheless key, from her black wig, which recalls both Vertigo and Godard’s wife Anna Karina, to husband Michel Piccoli’s black fedora in the bathtub, an homage to Some Came Running. Adding to the sense of a wholly-enveloping aesthetic experience is the sparkling Mediterranean setting of Godard’s first color film, also shot by Raoul Coutard, in part in architect Adalberto Libera’s astonishing Casa Malaparte in Capri.