Through numerous clips from Philippe Schneider's films, Tom Alesch recounts the life and career of the Luxembourg filmmaker. After describing his early life, the film goes on to talk about his first major documentary ("Pour la liberté", 1948), and then about the way in which Schneider made his mark in a country in which there was no film production at the time. Thanks to his own studio in which he had his whole family working, he became the quasi-official filmmaker of the Grand Duchy, making a large number of tourist films, some industrial films and many commercials. An ambitious and ambivalent character, Schneider won the sympathy of the press and the government but failed to make his only feature film, "L'amour, oui! Mais..." (1970), the production of which is recounted in detail.
At the end of his life, Schneider was unable to stand up to the new competition from young filmmakers who were more critical of Luxembourg society on the one hand, and the arrival of Luxembourg television on the other. He died disappointed after trying to resurrect for the last time the fairy-tale image of Luxembourg that he had celebrated throughout his life.
Film from the CNA archive.