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Big screen classics

Le Mépris

A stylish study of a rocky marriage, starring Brigitte Bardot and Michel Piccoli.

Image from Le Mépris

France-Italy 1963
Dir Jean-Luc Godard
With Brigitte Bardot, Michel Piccoli, Jack Palance, Fritz Lang
English subtitles
Certificate 15

Godard sweetens the bitterness of this tale about the compromising pitfalls of the film business and a marriage on the rocks, with elegant camerawork and music (by, respectively, Raoul Coutard and Georges Delerue), and with Fritz Lang playing himself – a living reminder that great art is possible. Fassbinder offered his own thoughts on filmmaking with Beware of a Holy Whore.

Also available on BFI Player.

The screening on Wednesday 12 April 20:40 will be introduced by Michael Witt, University of Roehampton.


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