Movie Diary 7/8/2020

Contempt (Jean-Luc Godard, 1963). Godard’s relatively big-budget film, which mocks the circumstances that would bring an artist to participate in a big-budget film. It unfolds in big slabs of color and music, in just a handful of scenes, with indelible work from the four main actors: Piccoli, Bardot, Palance, and Fritz Lang. Godard’s re-shaping of how we define a movie results in the inflation of some elements (like the argument in the flat) and the diminution of others (a crucial letter, tossed off mostly in voiceover). And in the end it settles for – or maybe demands – silence.