- Actors: Bruno Putzulu, Cécile Camp, Jean Davy, Françoise Verny, Audrey Klebaner
- Directors: Jean-Luc Godard
- Writers: Jean-Luc Godard
- Producers: Alain Sarde, Ruth Waldburger
- Format: PAL
- Language: French
- Subtitles: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: PG
- Studio: Optimum Home Releasing
- DVD Release Date: 25 Mar. 2002
- Run Time: 94 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B0000649FI
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 76,587 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
Eloge De L'amour [DVD] 
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Jean-Luc Godard combines black and white celluloid with colour saturated digital video in this study of European life and culture at the end of the 20th century. Edgar (Bruno Putzulu) is a young man putting together an art project about the four stages of love. He meets a woman named Berthe (Cécile Camp) who seems to be perfect for the lead role, but she gives him the strange feeling that they might have met before. The film then flashes back to a period two years before, when Edgar visited Brittany and met an old couple who had been members of the Resistance and who were currently negotiating to sell their story to Steven Spielberg.
Jean-Luc Godard's eagerly awaited Eloge de l'Amour was one of the highlights of the 2001 Cannes Film Festival, dividing critics between those who loved its extraordinary beauty and those who found it hard to discern an overall theme from a multitude of contending threads. Certainly the plot is elusive. A young writer (Bruno Putzulu) wants a dark-haired woman (Cecile Camp) to play a role in his evolving project, a study of the four stages of love: meeting, physical passion, separation and reconciliation. By the time the funding comes through, she has killed herself and he looks back to the time when he might, or might not have met her before.
Above all, the picture explores the blurred territory between the personal and the collective memory and the difference between a life which is simply lived and one in which the individual brings the power of imagination to their existence. Ultimately, the characters remain curiously faceless and the film fragments into a kaleidoscope of merging images, colours and landscapes and collective experience triumphs.
Godard's legendary status as the godfather of French New Wave cinema has long since passed into the realms of cliché. Here, the "present" is shot on the streets of Paris in black and white. Godard's city of light looks as timeless as it did back in 1966 when he made Masculin Feminin. The second part of the film is shot in digital video, absorbing the audience with its electrically intense, mesmerising colours.
Eloge de l'Amour is, more than anything, a sensual experience. Godard provokes but doesn't provide any answers. But fans of his more polemical work will enjoy the satirised American producers who want to purchase the rights to the Resistance couple's story. Americans have no memory, says the author. So they buy it from others. Godard never was a fence-sitter. --Piers Ford
On the DVD: the main DVD extra on this disc sounds enticing: an interview with one of the worlds most innovative and influential directors. Yet the reality is disappointing, as its merely a transcript. The biography is more of the same. The only other additional feature is the subtitles, though theres no option to turn them off. --Nikki Disney
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Godard, even in the early '60s, never cared for linear narratives or conventional dialogue. Roughly from 1968 onwards he has eschewed any element of narrative to construct 'film essays', assembling a melange of images and words that, apparently, when viewed on a number of occasions, all falls into place. 'Eloge de l'amour' is considered to be amongst the best of his later work.
Having sat through all this, I can quite simply say that it was not a pleasant experience. I find Godard's agenda snobbish and reactionary, simply there to flaunt his own superiority. Why attack Spielberg, the United States, imperialism, etc.? I am mystified by it all.
Godard's New Wave films include back-and-forth banter that works to great effect. In this film, again, conventional dialogue is put away with. This time I found it to be sophomoric and pretentious, making me cringe for the most part. There is no interaction as much as a series of loose, unconnected aphorisms.
A lot of his aesthetic has been to be unorthodox and 'radical', often using alternate camera angles and framing. Here, though, I became really flustered by characters constantly being filmed from their backs, elongated shots, random intertitles.Read more ›
This film will fascinate those who like social psychology and those who like a story which isn't easy to understand.
This DVD is poor, Optimum could have done better. One of my pet hates is "forced" subtitles, where you cannot turn them off. Being a native this annoys me, you should have the choice, sadly they don't give you this choice. At least there's a decent interview with Jean-Luc Goddard, but other than that it's what you see is what you get; I'm not even sure if this was presented in 4:3 originally anyway!
If you like nouveau vague cinema, and have the patience to sit through this, Goddard will reward you.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Eloge De L'Amour is Godard's tribute to love and the passing of love marinated in History.The b/w 35mm first hour shot like documentary, is Paris now, where Edgar the director... Read morePublished on 23 Oct. 2012 by technoguy
Eloge De L'Amour is a difficult film to take in on the first watch from a story point of view. Things start to fall into place more clearly after a re-run (for me, at least). Read morePublished on 13 Sept. 2009 by Terry Forrest
In 1961, Jean-Luc Godard directed Une femme est une femme; a full colour pastiche of the contemporary relationship foibles of a troubled young couple at the heart of... Read morePublished on 15 Jan. 2008 by Jonathan James Romley
Like my fellow countryman (or woman) below, I couldn't make head nor tell of this the first time through which frustrated me for I was moved by it. Read morePublished on 3 Mar. 2007 by Mykool
Watching Godard generally makes me despair that he made the films he did 40 years ago, and the cinema we have ended up with is paltry filmed theatre and re-makes of cartoons. Read morePublished on 9 May 2002 by d