Being a cinematic plebeian at heart, I’m more impressed with the Contempt photo-wall below than I am with Terrence Rafferty‘s 3.9 N.Y. Times piece about this classic Jean Luc Godard film being revived at the Film Forum (3.14 to 3.27). I’ve read the piece twice and I can’t find that one clean sentence that just lays bare the essence. You know. So the dumb guys can figure it out.
I’ve had this idea for years that Contempt (’63) was about the rancid nature of the film business and at least partially (subliminally) about Godard’s contempt for producer Joseph E. Levine. Rafferty says it’s about “the relation of man to nature.”