Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Contempt



Godard's visual style reaches a maturity in this film that invites and requires a patient indulgent viewing: epic vistas, strikingly contrasting compositions, sets so indulgent that they verge on the fanciful, takes so long that they verge on life-as-reality-instead-of-life-as-film. The plot moves slowly and indeterminately, luxuriating in speculation and only hinting toward closure for the most important dramatic questions and, conversely, mocking Hollywood conventions at almost every turn.

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