The project could be construed as an opera or a movie called "In Praise of Love" evoking the four seasons of a love story : meeting, physical passion, separation and reunion witnessed through three couples representing three different generations. Edgar, the head of the project, is looking for the main actress and wants to hire a young Algerian woman working as a cleaner. " This is better than what you do " he offers. She turns him down. This first part also deals with the often talked about two-tier French society of privileged high society players (art dealers, high financiers) and homeless people roaming the streets of Paris. The second part takes place two years before and follows Edgar as he investigates a resistance hero contacted by Steven Spielberg to be featured in his documentary about Holocaust victims. Edgar is the witness of negotiations between Spielberg’s assistant and the hero’s family.
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The film critic for The New York Times, A.O. Scott, while praising the film, also found its anti-American content polemical. He wrote, "In Praise of Love, it must be said, is the most elegant and coherent feature he has made since the mid-1980's. His visual command -- of the velvety shadows of black-and-white 35-millimeter film and the thick, supersaturated tones of digital video -- still has the power to astonish, and his debonair gloom remains seductive. But to continue with the notebook analogy, the decorous prose, graceful penmanship and impressive paper stock cannot disguise the banality of what is written."Film Comment" named it one of the top 50 films of the decade (2000s).
Some reviews were more negative. Film critic Charles Taylor criticized Godard for "talking about Americans having no stories of their own, no past of their own (he claims we don't even have a name)" and questioned "How can a man who, along with his colleagues in the French new wave, did more than anyone to alert America to the art of its movies, the art we always took for granted, suddenly turn around and proclaim the whole culture worthless?" Film critic Roger Ebert took issue with scenes in the film in which Godard accuses filmmaker Steven Spielberg of never paying Emilie Schindler for her contributions to his 1993 film Schindler's List, and leaving her impoverished in Argentina. Ebert wrote, "One muses: Has Godard, having also used her, sent her any money? Has Godard or any other director living or dead done more than Spielberg, with his Holocaust Project, to honor and preserve the memories of the survivors?" The claim that Emilie Schindler was living in poverty was also disputed by Thomas Keneally, author of Schindler's Ark, who verified that he had sent her a check himself.
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Production language :French
Coproducer countries :France, Switzerland
Original French-language productions :Yes
Nationality :Majority French (France, Switzerland)
Production year :2001
French release :16/05/2001
Runtime :1 h 37 min
Current status :Released
Visa number :90.845
Visa issue date :28/05/2001
Production formats :35mm
Color type :Color
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