Contempt was unlike any movie I’ve ever seen. This film is filled with different aspects of cinematography and many editing techniques. It is a unfortunate tale of a couple’s tumultuous relationship and the acting deeply reflects their “contempt” for each other. One of the aspects of the film that really stood out to me was the use of the colors red and blue. Prokosch’s car, the sofa in Paul and Camille’s apartment and Camille’s towel were red. The sofa in Prokosch’s villa was blue and the eyes of the Greek statues and even the character’s clothing was red or blue.The color red symbolized the passion of love and ultimately in the end, death. Blue symbolized the fading of love, growing colder and deeper into the blue waters like the ocean in the ending scenes. The blue couch in Prokosch’s villa is a perfect example of this, because there we witness Camille’s infidelity. I also thought it was ironic that Prokosch was wearing a bright red sweater at the end of the film when he dies, and red blood rushes down his face. Red is the color of blood, so it symbolizes their death.
Another thing that was brought to my attention was the lighting in the film. The bedroom scene in the beginning of the movie played with light tremendously. At first the room is dark with very high contrast so we can see the character’s shadows. Then the room turns bright, then dark again. I also noticed that in the scene in which Camille and Paul are having a serious talk in the apartment and sitting across from each other, there is a flickering lamp in between their faces. The scene switches back and forth between close up shots on Paul and Camille’s face. Each time the shots were switched, the lamp in the middle of the table would turn on and then off. This is symbolic of their love flickering and burning out.