Film Magic 1963-64
In 1963 New Wave Director Jean-Luc Godard made a “commercial” film about the film industry itself. Le Mepris featured Brigitte Bardot and Michel Piccoli with Fritz Lang playing himself as the director of the film they are shooting in the story. A standout modern villa on Capri was the foundation for the decor.
Not only is there a gorgeous musical theme that appears with Bardot’s character but the colours change with the plot – specifically to delineate the power exerted by two opposing gods over human lives.
The film within the film portrays, highly stylized, the power of Athena his protectrice and Neptune his enemy over Ulysses and his wife Penelope.
Which god is controlling the main drama playing out between the screenwriter and his wife Camille determines whether red or blue dominates the screen. Note the fluted columns without base or capitol supporting the console table above left!!
The results are thrilling! The decor is as sparsely set as today’s space sensibility.
The film’s layered depths and clear bright visuals have stood the test of time. Le Mepris 1963
When Jane Fonda was married to handsome elegant French Film Director Roger Vadim they made beautiful movies together. With sets designed by Jean Andre, Vadim’s closest friend, the screen is alive with interior design ideas and surprises. Who would expect that inside this stately facade
was this wild exotic foyer? Note sculptures on columns flank draped doorways, neutral walls and gilded accent furniture.
and Jane with her giant chignon and yellow marabou hem heads for the conservatory.
Jane, crossing the conservatory in white marabou, is a tres riche Canadienne married for her money in Paris..
The decor of this film was jumbled together, like the sixties style in general, but single ideas reworked in the light-handed way of the moment might feel both new and right. The Game is Over 1964