Every Man for Himself [Criterion Collection] [2 Discs]

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Synopsis

Sauve Qui Peut (la Vie), a pessimistic but visually stunning film, marks Jean-Luc Godard's return to cinema after having spent the 70s working in video. The film presents a few days in the lives of three people: Paul Godard (Jacques Dutronc ), a television producer; Denise Rimbaud (Nathalie Baye), his co-worker and ex-girlfriend; and Isabelle Riviera (Isabelle Huppert), a prostitute whom Paul has used. Denise wants to break up with Paul and move to the country. Isabelle wants to work for herself instead of her pimp. Paul just wants to survive. Their stories intersect when Paul brings Denise to the country cottage he is trying to rent and Isabelle comes to see it without knowing that the landlord has been her client. The film is broken into segments entitled "The Imaginary," "Commerce," "Life," and "Music." Each of the first three sections focuses on one character and the last section brings all three characters together. This complex film is often closer to an essay than a story; it uses slow motion and experimental techniques to explore questions of love, work, and the nature of cinema. Sauve Qui Peut (la Vie) was Godard's first film with his frequent collaborator Anne-Marie MiƩville, who edited and co-wrote the film. ~ Louis Schwartz, Rovi

Product Details

Release Date
2/3/15 
Studio
Criterion
MPAA Rating
NR -- Not rated
Length
1 hour, 28 minutes
Sound
  • Dolby Digital Mono
Region
  • USA & territories, Canada
Subtitles
  • English
Video Features
  • Scénario de "Sauve qui peut (la vie)" (1979), a short video created by director Jean-Luc Godard to9 secure financing for Every Man for Himself
  • New video essay by critic Colin MacCabe
  • New Interviews with actor Isabelle Huppert and producer Marin Karmitz
  • Archival interviews with actor Nathalie Baye, cinematographers, Renato Berta and William Lubtchansky, and composer Gabriel Yared
  • Two back-to-back 1980 appearances by Godard on The Dick Cavett Show
  • Godard 1980, a short film by Jon Jost, Donald Ranvaud, and Peter Wollen, featuring Godard
  • Trailer
Number of Discs
2

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