Modernism + Film

Modernism + Film



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The Bechtler screens Contempt (103 minutes, not rated, French with English subtitles, trailer) June 19 during the museum’s Modernism + Film program.

The feature film depicts the deteriorating marriage of a self-conscious screenwriter and his spontaneous wife during the seaside shooting of a film version of Homer's Odyssey, directed by Fritz Lang (playing himself) and produced by a crass movie mogul.

Partly based on an Alberto Moravia novel, the 1963 film illustrates conflicts among the characters that set up a psychological parallel to the legend of Ulysses. Directed by influential French filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard, Contempt stars Michel Piccoli, Brigitte Bardot and Jack Palance. Widely panned on its first release, the enigmatic and picturesque Contempt has steadily gained stature to the point where many now consider it Godard's best film and one of the greatest films produced within the French New Wave movement.


Sam Shapiro, Adult System Program Coordinator at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library. Shapiro coordinates film programs for the Main Library and ImaginOn and also serves as an Instructor of Film Studies at UNC Charlotte.


An event reception with cash bar and free light bites begins at 6 p.m. in the Bechtler lobby followed by the presentation and film screening at 7 p.m. in the auditorium.


Tickets are $10 for non-members, $8 for members and $5 for students with valid school I.D. Buy tickets (Tickets may also be purchased by phone 704.353.9200 or at the admissions desk.) Student tickets must be purchased at the admissions desk.

The Bechtler’s Modernism + Film series is developed in partnership with

Image: Brigitte Bardot in Contempt

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