102 minutes, France-Italy, 1963, Subtitled, Digital

This film was released 2nd January 2016, and is no longer screening.

Jean-Luc Godard’s sixth feature,Le Mépris, or Contempt, sees him wrestling, not for the last time, with the dichotomy of art versus commerce, reflecting some of the circumstances of the film’s production, although it is never in doubt which side the director favours. Novelist and playwright Paul (Michel Piccoli) is hired by avaricious Hollywood producer Jerry (Jack Palance) to rework an adaptation of Homer’s Odyssey to be filmed by Fritz Lang (the great master playing himself) in order to give it more commercial appeal. When the producer makes a pass at Paul’s wife Camille (Brigitte Bardot), what she deems Paul’s lack of sufficient outrage causes a rift between the two.

The experience of making a big budget film with big stars was soured for Godard by the producers’ demands, and the result is an uncompromising masterpiece seething with anger. (Notes by Kevin Coyne)

Newstalk Journalist and TV Critic James Dempsey will introduce Le Mépris at 18.30 on January 5th.

 Don’t forget we now schedule weekly.


Our French Film Club screening – where IFI and Alliance FranНaise members pay just €7 a ticket – will be Le Mépris, on January 5th at 18.30.

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