That’s French for “Contempt”—as in the 1963 film by Jean-Luc Godard.
I am teaching a film course this term and decided to try to work “Le Mepris”. I just re-viewed the film before my lecture tomorrow. I meant to watch just the first few minutes but ended up watching the whole thing.
The film is so awesomely awesome on so many levels that it always messes me up. It’s revved by brain and my gut into hyper mode. I really should learn to avoid it. And Godard really ought to have made more like it.
What does this have to do with audio? Almost nothing—except maybe that the music for the film is, like much of the rest of the film, awesomely awesome and does a somewhat subtle though effective job of messing with the semiology of conventions.