English title of Jean-Luc Godard’s 1963 moviemaking drama
Les Mepris refers to the layers of contempt the characters
display, from the blowhard producer (Jack Palance) who disdains,
specifically, his director (Fritz Lang), and generally,
“art,” to the grasping screenwriter (Michel Piccoli) who
undervalues and ultimately demeans his wife (Brigitte Bardot).
Sounds like dour stuff, but Contempt is enormously
entertaining and, as is common with Godard, visually gorgeous.
(Technicolor! Francscope!) Palance is hilarious, sending
up the kind of pompous Hollywood ass he was famous for clashing
with; Piccoli’s subtle self-destruction is bracing; and
Bardot is heartbreaking.
The half-hour-plus scene in which we see a relationship
fall apart is one of the damndest things we’ve ever seen.
will be screened Thursday through Saturday (Nov. 26-28)
at 5:30 PM, and Sunday (Nov. 29) at 3:30 PM at Time &
Space Limited (434 Columbia St., Hudson). Tickets are $7
general admission, $5 TSL members and students. For more
info, call the box office line at 822-8100.
than a decade ago, Chuck Prophet fell three strories, through
a skylight and onto the concrete floor of a mechanic’s shop,
while trying to impress a girl by breaking back into the
apartment he’d locked himself out of—high on crack. It’s
just one story from a career that started early in the former
Green on Red guitarist’s teenage years, and one that Prophet
offers up readily. Through injury, addiction, managerial
conflicts, and countless collaborations with notables like
Jim Dickinson, Lucinda Williams and Warren Zevon, Prophet
has earned his stripes as a genuine rock stalwart.
Freedom Ring!, marks a new era for the California musician.
A “political album for non-political people,” it was recorded
in Mexico City at the height of the swine flu epidemic,
but draws as much from the artistic rennaissance taking
place among that city’s poverty-stricken youth as it does
from medical paranoia. If anyone deserves to talk about
hope, it’s Prophet, and his latest work has it in spades.
Chuck Prophet plays at Valentine’s (17 New Scotland Ave.,
Albany) on Saturday (Nov. 28) at 9 PM. Local favorites Grainbelt
open. Call 432-6572 for ticket prices and more info.