Establishing the template which would make the ‘80s Godard’s second great decade, Every Man for Himself stitches together a dense fabric of spoken and visual references, employing oblique quotes and strange cameos to create a work of twitchy brilliance. Marguerite Duras appears, for example, but only off screen, an odd touch that eventually works its way into the plot.
Characterized by deconstructivism and philosophical references and by briefly exposing the good, bad, and ugly periods of the country's history, this post-modern film portrays the abstract ... See full summary »
While it’s slow-mo passages and Brechtian fourth-wall intrusions suggest formal restlessness, the rest of the film feels like a half-serious descent into unabashed capitalism. Scenes are set in malls, in restaurants, and Isabelle Rivière (Huppert), the real hero of the story, sells herself willingly and without remorse, accepting even a spanking from her pimp with grounded restraint.
How do we learn? What do we know? Night after night, not long before dawn, two young adults, Patricia and Emile, meet on a sound stage to discuss learning, discourse, and the path to ... See full summary »
“Whilst not Godard's most engaging film, it is certainly filled with many memorable scenes and images. Worth seeking out for the excellent supplements.”
Things to Come is further confirmation of Mia Hansen-Løve’s delicately devastating ear and touch as a filmmaker.
“6 year hiatus, his post revolutionary era over, Godard embraces favorite topics - relationships/sexual tensions amongst venus/mars - favorable ends ”
“1980s and 90s Godard is still vastly underrated. Some of these titles are among the auteur's best work. So glad to see this in the collection. ”
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In a palace of Paris. Two detectives are investigating a two-year-old murder. Emile and Francoise Chenal are putting pressure on Jim Fox Warner, a boxing manager, who owes them a huge ... See full summary »
Mirroring his own situation, Godard portrays himself through Jacques Dutronc, a callow video director named Paul Godard. This Godard is slick and snide, perverse and blithely self-effacing. He serves as the pivot in a central menagerie of women, from an unapologetic prostitute (Isabelle Huppert) to his ex-lover, Denise Rimbaud (Nathalie Baye), a TV host who’s trying to unload the apartment they shared.
Even in the same year as Raging Bull, Melvin and Howard, Dressed to Kill and The Long Riders it was still the freshest, most thrilling movie to behold.
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An analysis of the power relations in an ordinary family.
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Godard examines the structure of movies, relationships and revolutions through the life of a couple in Paris.
“Godard kicks open the door to his best decade of filmmaking with this very pleasing picture. The feel of it is unique and genuine. The master returns.”
“If only Criterion did Hail Mary or Forever Mozart, we could've had Godard's interviews with Sollers and Lyotard as extras! They did this one right!”
Film critic Vincent Canby, writing in The New York Times, described the film effusively as "stunning," "beautiful," and "brilliant".
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Is Godard the prostitute or the pimp? His character here, living in seemingly permanent stasis in a hotel, endlessly talking of fruitless plans to move out to the country, seems like a nod at both. Every Man for Himself therefore excuses Godard’s doubling back, returning to a form he had once decried, by casting the situation as one of hopelessly impenetrable complexity, an elegant escape route for one of cinema’s most caustically brilliant minds.
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Every Man For Himself (1980)
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During a war in an imaginary country, unscrupulous soldiers recruit poor farmers with promises of an easy and happy life. Two of these farmers write to their wives of their exploits.
Jean-Luc Godard's densely packed rumination on the need to create order and beauty in a world ruled by chaos is divided into four distinct but tangentially related stories, including the ... See full summary »
An examination of sexual relationships, in which three protagonists interact in different combinations.
Following 1972’s Tout Va Bien, Jean-Luc Godard all but abandoned narrative filmmaking, holing up in Grenoble with Anne-Marie Mieville, working solely on video, issuing sparse missives which deconstructed filmic form. Touted as his “second first film,” Every Man for Himself, while not exactly a return to the Godard of the ‘60s, presented a more welcome incarnation, a recluse reformed as a feature director, once again fiddling with narrative form from the inside.
Jean-Luc Godard returned to the character-driven intensity of his earlier films with this satirical but serious-minded take on men, women, and money. Read more »
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Godard, Miéville and Gorin (aka the "Dziga Vertov Group") examine the parallel lives of two families - one French, one Palestinian - using an exploratory combination of film and video.
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Every Man For Himself is available on Blu-ray and DVD from Criterion.