The Crandell presents Un Peu de Godard, two showings of what many call the late father of French New Wave Cinema’s most accessible film, Contempt. Considered by some to also be his masterpiece, these 1963 scenes from an unlikely marriage are far less real than Bergman’s later version but still ravishing in glorious CinemaScope. Brigitte Bardot returns to form as the bombshell she launched in Roger Vadim’s And God Created Woman (1956), which made her an international star and got theater managers in the US arrested for screening it. Legendary director Fritz Lang (Metropolis, M, The Big Heat) plays himself and Godard his (uncredited) AD. Restored in 2013 for the film’s 50th anniversary.
“I wasn’t prepared for Jean-Luc Godard; I doubt that anyone ever was. And now that he’s gone it feels impossible to articulate the immensity of his impact on cinema, an art that he changed more than most. His influence was profound…” — Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
“[Contempt is] one of the most moving films of its era.” — Martin Scorsese
Alberto Moravia (novel), Jean-Luc Godard
Brigitte Bardot, Michel Piccoli, Jack Palance, Fritz Lang, Giorgia Moll
French (with English subtitles)