Godard himself once wrote, "The eye, since it can say everything, then deny everything because it is merely casual, is the key piece in the film actor's game. One only looks what one feels, and what one does not wish to reveal as one's secret." What does Bardot-as-Camille see with those eyes? She sees indifference, and it has taken the shape of her husband—it's nothing so abstract as illusion. This, Godard seems to be saying, is what cinema can show us. If love doesn't kill you, the movies will.

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Contempt was written and directed by Jean-Luc Godard; and stars Brigitte Bardot, Michel Piccoli, Jack Palance, Giorgia Moll and Fritz Lang. Not rated.

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