Capital Celluloid 2023 — Day 45: Tue Feb 14

Every Man For Himself/Sauve Qui Peut (La Vie) (Godard, 1980): Cine Lumiere, 6.30pm

This is a 35mm presentation (also being screened on February 12th) and part of the Jean-Luc Godard season at Cine Lumiere. You can find all the details here.

Chicago Reader review:
Jean-Luc Godard calls this 1980 production, Sauve Qui Peut (La Vie), his “second first film”—which means both a return to narrative after his brilliant documentary-theoretical work in the 70s and a complete clearing of the decks. You feel him questioning his entire life here, his most basic impulses and ideals, and his honesty is devastating; he emerges as a hollow man, trapped between the limitations of his politics and his sexuality, with barely enough ego left to imagine his own death. Of course, the film’s substantial artistry belies Godard’s self-negation: with his formal, four-part ordering of the narration, the tension he establishes and exploits between sound track and image, and his use of slow motion to analyze and abstract the action, Godard pulls an aesthetic victory from the jaws of utter nihilism.
Dave Kehr

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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