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Contempt

Moravia, Alberto

(Book - 1999)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Contempt
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A frustrated screenwriter becomes convinced his wife no longer loves him and relentlessly interrogates her about her feelings until it becomes true.
Publisher: New York : New York Review Books, 1999
ISBN: 1590171225
9781590171226
9780940322271
0940322277
Branch Call Number: FICTION MORAVIA 1999
Characteristics: viii, 251 p. ;,21 cm
Additional Contributors: Davidson, Angus 1898-1982

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Sep 13, 2014
  • lukasevansherman rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

"The modern world was not the world of the 'Odyssey.'"
Probably like most people, I am familiar with Italian novelist Alberto Moravia (1907-1990) because of the two celebrated films made from his books, Godard's "Contempt" and Bertolucci's "The Conformist." "Contempt" (a title which works on several levels) tells two stories, that of a screenwriter whose marriage is decaying and the attempt to make a film of "The Odyssey." The screenwriter finds himself torn between the cynical, opportunistic producer, who takes up with his wife, and the formidable German director (played in the film by formidable German director Fritz Lang). Cold, cruel, and subtle, "Contempt" will appeal to fans of existentialist writing and the malaise and ennui of Europe.

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