Sauve Qui Peut (la vie)

Criterion

Sauve Qui Peut (la vie)


After a decade in the wilds of avant-garde and early video experimentation, Jean-Luc Godard returned to commercial cinema with this star-driven work of social commentary, while remaining defiantly intellectual and formally cutting-edge. Every Man for Himself, featuring a script by Jean-Claude Carrière and Anne-Marie Miéville, looks at the sexual and professional lives of three people—a television director (Jacques Dutronc), his ex-girlfriend (Nathalie Baye), and a prostitute (Isabelle Huppert)—to create a meditative story about work, relationships, and the notion of freedom. Made twenty years into his career, it was, Godard said, his “second first film.”

FILM INFO

  • Jean-Luc Godard
  • France
  • 1980
  • 88 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.66:1
  • French
  • Spine #744

SPECIAL FEATURES

  • New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Scénario de “Sauve qui peut (la vie)” (1979), a short video created by director Jean-Luc Godard to 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
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Amy Taubin

New cover by Fred Davis