“I have to know why you despise me!”
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
Response to Peary’s Review:
… “as does Fritz Lang (playing himself), the philosophical director of Palance’s travesty.”
Peary does comment that “since The Odyssey is, in part, about a wife, Penelope, who waits 20 years for her husband to return from his journeys, Godard is obviously making a comment on the fickleness of lovers today — particularly women”; however, I think that’s far too reductive of a stance to take. Indeed, I was surprised and impressed by how much subtlety there is in Bardot’s performance and character:
Her Camille is an insecure yet savvy woman who understands that the men around her put value almost exclusively on her beauty and sexual availability, and she refuses to simply play this game without protest.
Visually speaking, the movie is bright and colorful — and as always, Godard makes interesting use of space, unique sets, and montage.
Georges Delerue’s score is also integral to this film; indeed, the orchestral theme song is so instantly recognizable that I was surprised to learn it’s part of the original score for this movie rather than a classical piece.
Notable Performances, Qualities, and Moments:
(Listed in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die)