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In Praise of Love (2001)

Cast: Bruno Putzulu, Bruno Putzulu, CÚcile Camp, more...
Director: Jean-Luc Godard, Jean-Luc Godard
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Studio: New Yorker Video
Genre: Drama, Foreign, France
Running Time: 98 min.
Languages: French
Subtitles: English
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Cinematic iconoclast Jean-Luc Godard returns to the front ranks of contemporary filmmaking while embracing the digital video revolution (no great surprise, given his eager and early embrace of video technology in the 1970s) with this drama. In the first part of the film, shot on 35 mm black-and-white film, a filmmaker named Edgar (Bruno Putzulu) is in the midst of a casting session with his producers, looking for the leading lady for his next film. More interested in discussing philosophy than in the nuts and bolts of the character, Edgar speaks with a number of actresses before he encounters Elle (Cecile Camp); he's fascinated by her, and is certain he's met her somewhere before, but can't tell where or when. Eventually, Edgar decides Elle is the right person for the role, but he then discovers she has died. In the second part of the film, produced using color digital video equipment, Edgar flashes back to the moment when he first met Elle -- he's meeting with an elderly couple who survived the Holocaust and have sold their life story to a Hollywood movie producer. While meeting the couple as a guest of an old friend and historian (Jean Lacouture) interested in their story, he's introduced to the couple's granddaughter, a law student who has offered to take a look at their contract -- Elle. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

1, 2, 3 Films in One by Amahcuo February 21, 2007 - 11:02 PM PST
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
This film was so unbearably pretentious and self-righteous at times I wanted to turn it off. Parts of it felt like mini-sermons on love, philosophy, history, and Hollywood's interpretation of history, Spielberg's making of "Schidler's List", Bresson (who was quoted, as from a Bible or something), and many more complaints that showed how to make so little out of a lot.

But I started to enjoy it after I stopped listening and just watched it, how it was put together: a beautiful and stunning work.

Do not adjust your TV set by squad January 10, 2005 - 11:13 AM PST
2 out of 3 members found this review helpful
Jean-Luc Godard is reputed to be a film maker of note. I think it shows in this movie. He demonstrates what I thought I learned watching "Lumiere and Company" that in film, more is always more. Godard has the confidence to link a multitude of scenes and to throw up black title pages between when it serves. He has an eye for shot composition using ordinary city scapes in extraordinary ways. He is also bold enough to make the viewer work a little to piece together a movie that begins and ends in the middle and spreads out in both directions from there. Talk about poetic license, but Godard gets away with it because he can. He also injects a protest which apparently stems from the widow of Schindler getting pretty much stiffed by Hollywood over income from the movie about her husband. Godard really seems to be quite irritated by the issue, losing sight of certain realities such as accusing the United States of having "no history" so they have to buy other's. But again, he is the film maker extraordinaire, and it is his license to say whatever he likes in his own film. If you are a bit bored with conventional movies, give this one a look. One more thing, when it goes from black and white film to garish color saturated video at half-point do not bother to adjust your TV settings. Godard is making another statement here. Maybe he is saying, "I should have used a better video camera"

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Cannes Film Festival & More - 2001
Official Selection, Certain Regards... and more. Here is a bit more information on the films screened at the Cannes. I have attempted to list all the films that were considered for an award as well as any special screenings.
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