The protagonist of Jean-Luc Godard's CONTEMPT won't remove his hat, even in the bathtub, because he wants to look like Dean Martin in SOME CAME RUNNING--a nice index of the reverence with which Vincente Minnelli's eloquent, passionate melodramas were regarded by French New Wave critics,
who saw in them an ironic encapsulization of American culture. Expertly condensed by studio hacks Sheekman and Patrick from a massive, windy best-seller by James Jones (From Here To Eternity
), this film captures the disillusionment of returning WWII vets, and brilliantly addresses itself to many
of the director's characteristic concerns--masculine fear of domestication and at...