[dir: Jean-Luc Godard, 1963, 103mins]
Described in Sight and Sound as the ”the greatest work of art produced in postwar Europe.” Godard’s 1963 film, adapted from a novel by Alberto Moravia, is perhaps the director’s most hauntingly beautiful film.
A French writer engaged to adapt Homer’s Odyssey at Rome’s famous Cinecitta studios, finds himself enmeshed in a marital crisis caused by the conflicting demands of his American producer and the German director (Fritz Lang, playing himself). Contempt is a film about the Odyssey, about filmmaking, about marriage, and about the beautiful landscape of the island of Capri, where the story of Paul (Michel Piccoli) and Camille (Brigitte Bardot), a modern-day Odysseus and Penelope, finally comes to a head at the extraordinary Villa Malaparte.
This screening will be introduced by Dr Elena Theodorakopoulos, Senior Lecturer in Classics at the University of Birmingham and will take place in mac birmingham’s Hexagon Theatre.
Presented by the Department of Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology in partnership with Arts & Science Festival, mac birmingham and B-Film as part of Homer’s Odyssey Today, a series of events focusing on the Odyssey’s afterlife from a variety of perspectives.
*A discounted screening pass (£12/10) is available when tickets for Contempt and Ulysses Gaze are booked together.