Contempt

Contempt

by Alberto Moravia
     
 

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Struggling with a film script, and finding himself the buffer between an ambitious director and a money-crazed producer, Riccardo Molteni has just been told by his wife that she no longer loves him. As they move to Capri, where the film is to be shot, worrying parallels develop between the script and their relationship as it is pushed to the brink. This compelling… See more details below

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Struggling with a film script, and finding himself the buffer between an ambitious director and a money-crazed producer, Riccardo Molteni has just been told by his wife that she no longer loves him. As they move to Capri, where the film is to be shot, worrying parallels develop between the script and their relationship as it is pushed to the brink. This compelling tale of the precarious nature of love and integrity was filmed by Jean-Luc Godard. Starring Brigitte Bardot, "Le Mépris" is considered a classic of the French New Wave.

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Library Journal
Published in 1960 and 1954, respectively, these both tell the story of two men obsessed with love or the lack of it. Boredom offers Dino, an artist son of affluent parents who loses interest in his art and then himself until falling for a young model. He will do anything to possess her, even if it destroys him. Contempt's Molteni becomes stricken with the notion that his wife despises him and attempts to discern why. His life becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy, as by the time he is done badgering her to discover the reasons for these imagined ill feelings, she truly does hate him. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Rich in substance and resonant with meaning…a rare achievement.
The New York Times

Moravia remains one of the twentieth century’s smoothest and most entertaining poets of paralysis, of the genial ennui generated by the triumph of materialism over humane values…his novels offer a bracing counterpoint to today’s soft-hearted and -headed fiction.
Boston Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781853753121
Publisher:
Prion
Publication date:
10/28/1999
Series:
Film Ink Series
Pages:
255
Product dimensions:
5.15(w) x 7.83(h) x 0.80(d)

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