Wednesday-Tuesday: "Contempt"

Aug. 24-30

French New Wave gamechanger Jean Luc Godard's big deal movie "Contempt," right there along with the rambling, chilled-out "Breathless," is ostensibly about a hacky screenwriter brought into an art film to make it more entertaining and well, dumber, all the while sorting through the increased estrangement between himself and his wife. It's also a kind of a pop-art remake of "The Odyssey." There's a lot of ideas in this one and many of them are great and some of them are pretentious nonsense (but hey, that's Godard) but it all blends pretty perfectly by the end, whether it's Fritz Lang putzing around or Jack Palance being a prick or Georges Delerue's swooping score or strange production choices like statues smeared with bright colors, it's a wonder on the big screen and you're best seeing this accumulation of details and tricks and mise en scène that way, so check it out. If you're new to Godard, it's a good place to start, and pretty soon you'll be wading through even inscrutable—but if you ask this guy, far less solipsistic—works such as "Pierrot Le Fou" and "Tout Va Bien." 8 p.m. Aug. 24, 10 a.m. Aug. 28, 1 p.m. Aug. 29 and 30; The Senator Theatre, 5904 York Road, (410) 323-4424,, $10. (Brandon Soderberg)

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