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(aka "Every Man For Himself" or "Slow Motion" )

 

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France / Austria / West Germany / Switzerland 1980

 

Returning to cinema, Godard with "Sauve qui peut (la vie)" (save if you can (your life)) returns to where he left of in the sixties: Man is trapped by modern society, looking for answers and living in the illusion of urban life. Life is a struggle, where man screams, "I am not a machine."

Divided into four parts, the first three - 1. Sauve Qui Peut, 2. La Peur, and 3. La Commerce - focusing on one character, then bringing them together in the final part - 4. La Musique.

Denise gives us her city job, moves to the country and becomes a journalist. Paul is a television director, separated from his wife and daughter. Isabelle is a country girl, who came to the city to become a prostitute. Thru them, Godard reflects upon relationships, letting them revolt, having them observe or guide us by and thru relationships that aren't working.

Godard also displays cinema as without meaning or value, used escaping the trappings of relationships and life. The main characters says, that he creates cinema to keep himself busy. A couple goes to the cinema, she in hope of getting privacy with her friend, having taken off her panties for him to touch her, he to avoid having to touch her.

"Sauve qui peut (la vie)", retitled to "Slow Motion" in English, emphasizing Godard's use of slow motion as trope, marked a welcomed return of Godard to the cinema. A sensational piece of film.

Henrik Sylow

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Theatrical Release: September 8th, 1980 (Toronto Film Festival)

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Comparison:

Artificial Eye - Region 2 - PAL vs. Criterion - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

Big thanks to Henrik Sylow for the DVD Review!

1) Artificial Eye - Region 2 - PAL - LEFT

2) Criterion Collection - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - RIGHT

 

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Distribution

Artificial Eye

Region 2 - PAL

Criterion Collection, spine #744 - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:24:39 (4% PAL speedup) 1:28:17.333
Video

1.63:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 8.56 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 47,437,278,463 bytes

Feature: 19,672,135,680 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 26.00 Mbps

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate

Bitrate: Blu-ray

Audio 2.0 Dolby Digital French mono LPCM Audio French 1152 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1152 kbps / 24-bit
Subtitles English, None English, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Artificial Eye

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.63:1

Edition Details:
• Scenario Video suave qui peut (la vie) (20:32 / 4:3)
• Biographies and Filmographies

DVD Release Date: January 23rd, 2006
Amarey

Chapters 11

Release Information:
Studio: Criterion

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.66:1

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 47,437,278,463 bytes

Feature: 19,672,135,680 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 26.00 Mbps

Edition Details:

• Le scenario (1979), a short video created by director Jean-Luc Godard to secure financing for Every Man for Himself (20:11)
• New video essay by critic Colin MacCabe (25:56)
• New interviews with actor Isabelle Huppert (11:05) and producer Marin Karmitz (12:33)
• Archival interviews with actor Nathalie Baye (16:38), cinematographers Renato Berta and William Lubtchansky (20:00), and composer Gabriel Yared (5:54)
• Two back-to-back 1980 appearances by Godard on The Dick Cavett Show (0:22, 28:17, and 28:23)
• Godard 1980, a short film by Jon Jost, Donald Ranvaud, and Peter Wollen, featuring Godard (17:20)
• PLUS: An essay by critic Amy Taubin
 

Blu-ray Release Date: February 3rd, 2015
Transparent Blu-ray Case

Chapters 17

 

 

 

Comments

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: Criterion - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - January 2015': The Criterion 1080P is much darker, with warmer, - more realistic, skin tones than the UK DVD, which now looks boosted. Criterion's HD video has richer contrast and deeper colors. The DVD has a tendency to look frail and think while the Blu-ray is now significantly more film-like. Also in the original 1.66:1 aspect ratio, we see more information in the frame and overall a far superior image.

Criterion use a linear PCM mono track at 1152 kbps in the original French language. The score by Gabriel Yared (The English Patient, Cold Mountain, Clean and Sober, The Talented Mr. Ripley among others) sounds flat but with a pinch of depth, and includes Ponchielli's "La Gioconda". There are optional English subtitles on the region "A'-locked Blu-ray disc.

The Blu-ray supplements are extensive. Le scenario (1979) is a 20-minute short video created by director Jean-Luc Godard to secure financing for Every Man for Himself and is the same piece found on the AE DVD. There is a new, 25-minute, video essay by critic Colin MacCabe who explores the way Jean-Luc Godard plays with sound and image in Every Man For Himself. There are also new interviews with actor Isabelle Huppert (11:05) and producer Marin Karmitz (12:33). Karmitz, founder of the film production and distribution company MK2, talks about his career-long association with director Jean-Luc Godard and helping to produce Every Man For Himself, which Godard referred to as his "second first film". Isabelle Huppert recalls meeting and working with Godard on the film. There are three archival interviews. One with with actor Nathalie Baye, from 2010 for 17-minutes, as she describes Godard's directing style and the premiere of Every Man For Himself. at Cannes. Cinematographers Renato Berta and William Lubtchansky talk for 20-minutes in a 1981 German television program - Godards Kameramanner - directed by Michael Klier, and part of the series Kino 81, as they discuss their collaborative effort on Every Man For Himself. Also composer Gabriel Yared talks for 6-minutes, in 2010, about Godard's vision for the music in the film. There are also two back-to-back 1980 appearances by Godard on The Dick Cavett Show as well as a short introduction by the TV show host. Godard 1980, is a 17-minute short film by Jon Jost, Donald Ranvaud, and Peter Wollen, in association with the magazine Framework: The Journal of Cinema and Media. It also features Godard. Criterion icnlude a liner notes booklet with an essay by critic Amy Taubin.

Stacked release with so much value - even beyond Godard's film - looking better than ever. We offer a very strong recommendation!  

***

ON THE DVD: Presented in its Original Aspect Ratio of 1.66:1, the image is generally very good looking. There are some compression artifacts, mainly color banding, but in general, an excellent transfer.

Sound is 2.0 Dolby Digital mono.

As additional material, there are Godard's production notes on the film in digital.

 - Henrik Sylow

 






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1) Artificial Eye - Region 2 - PAL - TOP

2) Criterion Collection - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 


1) Artificial Eye - Region 2 - PAL - TOP

2) Criterion Collection - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 


1) Artificial Eye - Region 2 - PAL - TOP

2) Criterion Collection - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 


1) Artificial Eye - Region 2 - PAL - TOP

2) Criterion Collection - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 

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