Jean Luc Godard’s Contempt is while a very unique and fascinating film, I found it to be rather drawn out and relatively unexciting. In all honesty, I may have missed out on 10 minutes due to me literally falling asleep at one point.Those ten mintues were probably relatively unexciting and another reminder of how the relationship between Camille and Paul was oh so tragically, yet slowly… very slowly… crumbling at the seams. While I find the plot very bland and unattractive, the visuals really stood out to me. The cinematogrophy was just astounding and added a great depth and feeling to the scenes.
For instance, the scene where the couple is in their apartment and arguing. Here, Camille is seen in a black wig that almost makes her look completely different then initially. I believe that this change in appearance was a small representation in how their relationship was tearing at the seams, how Paul says it really doesn’t fit her. In fact, her new image really clashes with the first scene in the film where they were in bed and speaking of the things Paul likes of Camille.
But further in the apartment scene, Paul and Camille openly argue with one another, continuously moving between rooms and corridors to the point where a wall separates the two. Here, Camille is in a much more crisp and brighter room decorated with furniture whereas Paul is in a very plain, white, and dull hallway. This just perfectly represents the relationship between the two, that they have drifted so far apart that a wall has formed between their hearts. The contrast in each other accentuated that feel immensely, and overall it was a wonderful use of cinematogrophy.
I would also like to note the bright red color of the furniture that Camille’s room had. It is almost similar in color to the producer’s bright red car, ostentatios and showy just like its owner. From my years in literature and troupes in general, red has always been seen as a color close to death, thus the car crash involving the two could have been foreshadowed from almost the very beginning.
Whereas the movie was dull in my opinion, the visuals throughout the movie really stood out and made it for me.