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Every Man for Himself

Sauve qui peut (la vie)

Directed by Jean-Luc Godard
France, Austria, 1980


Set against the backdrop of an antiseptic, industrial Switzerland, the problems of a married couple in collapse are intertwined with the experiences of a country girl. She has come to the big city to practice that most Godardian of professions, prostitution.

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Every Man for Himself Directed by Jean-Luc Godard
By some measure Godard’s most severe dissection of sexual politics and social expectations, as well as one of his most self-effacing works, this nominal return to commercialism is a radical statement all its own.
June 10, 2015
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Godard used two great cinematographers for this film, Berta and William Lubtchansky, and they provided images that linger long in the mind. However, the great aesthetic emphasis of Godard’s revolutionary period had been sound. If Godard had now rediscovered the joys of the image, partly through the techniques of slow motion that are so crucial to Every Man for Himself, he also wove together a soundtrack of great complexity.
February 19, 2015
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Every Man for Himself isn’t about Godard in the way that 8 ½ is so clearly about the world of Fellini, mainly because Godard is too invested in navigating the emergent possibilities of video technologies and new forms of sound and image to be wholly preoccupied with the self—and, by extension, his oeuvre. Reflexivity isn’t a feature of the film itself, but encoded within it, so that when Paul leaps in slow motion to tackle Denise near the film’s end, Godard is asking: What is meaningful here?
February 08, 2015
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