Contempt

Don’t get in the car! But the fateful decision of an ambitious screenwriter (Michel Piccoli) to let his young wife (Brigitte Bardot) ride in a red Alfa with a lecherous movie producer (Jack Palance) bodes poorly for their marriage. Jean-Luc Godard’s 1963 classic Contempt is about many things: moviemaking satire, Homer’s Odyssey, lost idealism, and the interrelationship between art and life (with cinema always the valance between). But through the Mediterranean colors and CinemaScope lenses (in a restored new print), it’s the gradual, ineluctable dissolution of marital trust that haunts you. “You’ve changed since this morning,” Piccoli protests, but as Bardot points out, the same could be said of him. She got in the car, but he took the producer’s money. Note: Kim Thompson of Fantagraphics provides an introduction. (NR) BRIAN MILLER

Wed., March 23, 7 p.m., 2011

 
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