Another slowly gestating project with a lengthy shoot, a direct evolution from Histoire(s) du cinéma and a way forward. In Praise of Love is structured as a diptych. The first half, set in Paris and shot in lustrous 35mm black and white, is about a young director (Bruno Putzulu) preparing a project on “the four stages of love”; in the second half, set two years before and shot in fauvist digital color, the same man visits an aging couple who have taken part in the resistance. That’s just the bare bones of a densely layered work – emotionally, visually and thematically – that speaks directly and movingly to the memory of love, as well as atrocity, betrayal and death.

  • Directed By Jean-Luc Godard
  • 2001
  • France/Switzerland
  • 35mm
  • 97 minutes