Il disprezzo  

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

Il Disprezzo (1954, A Ghost at Noon or Contempt) is a novel by Italian writer Alberto Moravia. It was adapted for the cinema as Contempt by French director Godard.

Why did she not want to come out with me, why is she suddenly comfortable with spending time by her self, why does she sleep on the sofa, why didn't she make up after our last fight, are her confidences genuine? Is her love dying?


Riccardo Molteni is a young writer married to Emilia. When, to please his wife, he decides to buy an apartment, he is forced to accept a screenwriting job. Battista, a successful film producer, hires him for a first script and then gives him a more important script, an adaptation of Homer's Odyssey. While being faithful to Emilia, he realizes that she is cooling towards him, until she finally admits that she despises him.

When he and Emilia are invited to Battista's villa on Capri to work on the screenplay with director German Rheingold, Riccardo sees Battista kissing Emilia. This leads him to decide to abandon the project and to return to Rome. The next morning, on waking, he finds a message from his wife, who warns him that she has already left with Battista. While Riccardo spends the rest of the day on Capri, the two fugitives have a car accident in which Emilia loses her life.

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