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Sometimes a film is so captivating that you find yourself staring at the screen long after the credits have ended. When this happens to us, we immediately want to share our experience. But not with just anyone. Our Members Only screenings present these rare, neglected, or simply amazing films to our inner circle of card-carrying cinephiles.

Come join us and watch a great film, meet great people and enjoy a lively discussion immediately following the screening. This event is exclusive—envied even—so sign up for a Facets Membership today.

July 25, 2016

(Le mépris)

Film still: Contempt Film still: Contempt
"Radiant, ambiguous, serenely perverse"
  —New York Times
"Possibly Godard's most melancholy film and probably his most beautiful"
  —Village Voice
5 stars "Contempt is the only one of Godard's films in which his sequences have enough room to become spells"
  —TimeOut NY
5 stars "Le Mépris is arguably the director's only film that could bring tears to your eyes—not least because of Georges Delerue's sublime score. It's also a peerless source of style tips"
  —The Guardian
4 stars
  —Slant Magazine

Opening with one of the most famous shots of the legendary Brigitte Bardot, Contempt remains a glorious experience made for the big screen. Over fifty years on from its first release, Jean-Luc Godard's film remains a touchstone for world cinema, an incandescent work of intellect and passion, and a true movie icon.

Godard self-reflexively tells the story of a screenwriter, Paul Javal (Michel Piccoli), who is working on a script of The Odyssey, directed by film giant Fritz Lang (playing himself), and sure to be a box-office bomb. Art, commerce and personal affairs clash as Paul courts favor with brash producer Jerry Prokosch (Hollywood stalwart Jack Palance), and compromises his marriage to Camille (Bardot).

Contempt remains a miraculous contemplation of the corroding effect of the film business on those who aspire to raise it to the level of great art. By using two parallel trajectories: one detailing the struggle between art and commerce during the shoot, and the other tracing the deteriorating marriage between the writer and his wife, Godard brilliantly displays an uncanny ability to trace the linkage between human relationships and the society in which they exist. He also used color for the first time, flooding the screen with stunning compositions and composer Georges Delerue created one of his most heartbreaking scores.

Directed by Jean-Luc Godard, 1963, France/Italy, 103 mins. In French, English, German and Italian with English subtitles

The screening will be preceded by a reception and followed by a discussion led by Facets Cinémathèque Film Program Director, Charles Coleman.


  • Monday , July 25 at 6:30 pm


Facets Patron Circle Members and one guest admitted for free

There are no presale tickets—you must receive an invitation from us.

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