Sunday, 3 March 2013

Capital Celluloid 2013 - Day 76: Sun Mar 17

Le Mepris (Godard, 1963): Cine Lumiere, 2pm

In Sight & Sound in 1996, Colin McCabe said: “[Le Mepris] is the greatest work of art produced in post-war Europe.” Are you still thinking about whether to go?

The film will be preceded by an introduction from Dr Mark Betz, Reader in Film Studies at King’s College and followed by a Ciné Salon, an informal discussion with film writer Nick Walker in the Bistrot. More details here.

Chicago Reader review:'A tense, sensitive, and rigorous film by Jean-Luc Godard, based on Alberto Moravia's novel A Ghost at Noon. Michel Piccoli stars as a French screenwriter unable to counter the contempt that his wife (Brigitte Bardot) builds for him as he humbles himself before a producer (Jack Palance) and a legendary director (Fritz Lang). Made in 'Scope and color at the behest of producer Joseph Levine, who expected a big commercial success, this 1963 feature begins as an unlikely project for Godard but develops (some would say degenerates) into one of his most archly stylized films.'
Dave Kehr

Now this is a proper trailer.

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