Wednesday, September 4, 2013

The Best Old Movies on a Big Screen This Week

Posted By on Wed, Sep 4, 2013 at 9:30 AM

Contempt Jean Luc Godard Brigitte Bardot
Contempt (1963)
Directed by Jean-Luc Godard
How many viewings of this movie are sufficient? The right answer is always "one more," because Godard’s biggish-budgeted Le Mépris contains multitudes. Watch for Fritz Lang as the Wise Old Man of cinema, or for Jack Palance as a besuited, fantastically vulgar (in the Nabokov sense) American film producer; for Brigitte Bardot blonde or Brigitte Bardot brunette; watch for the statues or the stairs or Michel Piccoli in hat and improv toga, smoking a cigarette and watching his wife’s love for him change into—you know. Watch for ethics, ideals, Cinemascope lusciousness or at least that coffee table book of ancient Greek sex positions. Elina Mishuris (Sep 6-19 at Film Forum)

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