Le mépris Condensée/The Condensed Contempt
I watched Contemp, so you don’t have to.
American film producer Jeremy Prokosch ((image below, in red convertible, looking smarmy) Jack Palance) hires respected Austrian director Fritz Lang (Above, right: playing himself) to direct a film adaptation of Homer’s Odyssey. Dissatisfied with Lang’s treatment of the material as an art film, Prokosch hires Paul Javal (Above, middle: played by Michel Piccoli), a novelist and playwright, to rework the script. The conflict between artistic expression and commercial opportunity parallels Paul’s sudden estrangement from his wife Camille Javal (Above, left: played by Brigitte Bardot), who becomes aloof with Paul after being left alone with Prokosch, a millionaire playboy.