Screening Dates
  • July 8, 2023 6:30
  • July 10, 2023 8:30
  • July 14, 2023 6:30
  • July 16, 2023 4:00
  • July 20, 2023 8:30
New Restoration

Brilliance and Bardot, all in one … A multi-layered odyssey of intelligence and sensuality … One of the masterworks of modern cinema.”

Philip Lopate, The New York Times

Lionized by Sight and Sound critic Colin MacCabe as the greatest work of art produced in postwar Europe,” the ingeniously self-reflexive Contempt, turning 60 this year, is the first and finest of many Godard films about the making of a film. Both an obituary for Hollywood cinema and a genuinely moving portrait of the breakdown of a marriage, the film features Michel Piccoli as Paul, a hired-gun screenwriter brought in to rewrite a big-budget adaptation of The Odyssey. The director of this movie-within-the-movie is no less than the great Fritz Lang, playing himself; Jack Palance is the project’s crass, interfering producer; while Brigitte Bardot is Paul’s bored wife Camille, who has grown to despise her husband. Godard, who appears as Lang’s assistant, described the characters as survivors of the shipwreck of modernity.” Based on a novel by Alberto Moravia, magnificently shot by Raoul Coutard, with a bold colour scheme of Mondrian reds and blues.

In French with English subtitles

Possibly Godard’s most melancholy film and probably his most beautiful … As romantic tragedies go, Contempt is a near-perfect sphere, an exploration of the cosmos of sadness that can open up between a man and a woman, between a living room, a bedroom, and beyond.”

Stephanie Zacharek, Village Voice

Astonishing … One of the most gorgeous, giddy movies ever made.”

Richard Flood, Artforum

Be on the lookout for more Godard in 2024 when we launch “JLG Forever,” a year-long tribute to the iconic French auteur.