Expat Cinema: Le Mépris (+English subtitles)

Wednesday 27th September 2023 (one-off screening)

Movie lover but trouble understanding Dutch subtitles? Join Lumen’s EXPAT CINEMA screenings. Every Wednesday we screen the best foreign language movies with English subtitles. Our café is the perfect place to hook up for a good coffee or special beer before and after the film. 

On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of Jean-Luc Godard’s compelling masterpiece, Odyssey Classics presents the brand new 4K restoration of this much-loved epitome of French Nouvelle Vague.

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In Capri, an Italian crew makes a German film of Homer’s “Odyssey”; Fritz Lang directs with American money. Jeremy Prokosch, the producer, with his sneer and his red Alfa Romeo, holds art films in contempt and hires writer Javal to help Lang commercialize the picture.

Against this backdrop, we watch the breakup of Javal’s marriage to Camille, a young former typist. It opens with the couple talking in bed, she asking for assurance that he finds her attractive. Later that day, he introduces her to Prokosch and, unawares, blunders unforgivably. In their apartment and in public, Camille expresses her hurt and change of heart as Javal slowly grasps the source of her contempt.