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Date: Jan 16, 2019
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Contempt – Le Mepris

5 August at 8 pm

French Cultural Centre in Hanoi –
24 Trang Tien Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, Vietnam

The movie is adapted from Alberto Moravia’s 1954 novel of the same name. Jack Palance plays Prokosch, an American producer who hires Paul (Michel Piccoli) to write a screen adaptation of The Odyssey. Paul is pressured to commercialise the project, taking away from the purely artistic values envisioned by the director (Fritz Lang, playing himself). This sours his relationship with his wife, Camille (Brigitte Bardot).

It’s a self-referential movie, a film whose deconstructive gaze is turned on itself, especially on the mechanics of sexual allure – as in Bardot’s famous speech, enumerating the charms of her naked body. Uncompromising, uningratiating film-making.

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