Every Man for Himself


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Fri, Oct 17


Every Man for Himself

Sauve qui peut (la vie) | Jean-Luc Godard 1980
France/Austria/West Germany/Switzerland | French with English subtitles | Format: 35mm | 87 minutes

Concluding a decade of experimentation, Godard returns to character-based storytelling with this portrait of restless, intertwining lives, survival in a capitalist state, and the myriad forms self-debasement can take. TV director Jacques Dutronc (playing a character named Paul Godard) has left his wife for a co-worker (Nathalie Baye), who—disenchanted with television and Paul—plans a move to the country. Meanwhile, a country girl (Isabelle Huppert) works nonchalantly as a prostitute in the city. Introduced by Godard as “my second first film,” Sauve qui peut (la vie) is characteristically cerebral and peppered with literary allusions, including an unforgettable anti-cameo by Duras. “Breathtakingly beautiful and often very funny … I trust it will outlive us all.”—Vincent Canby, The New York Times

Series: By Marguerite Duras

Venue: Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center

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