Every Man for Himself (1980 film)

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Sauve qui peut (la vie)
Every Man for Himself
Every Man for Himself.jpg
French poster
Directed by Jean-Luc Godard
Produced by Jean-Luc Godard
Alain Sarde
Written by Jean-Claude Carrière
Jean-Luc Godard
Anne-Marie Miéville
Starring Jacques Dutronc
Isabelle Huppert
Nathalie Baye
Music by Gabriel Yared
Release dates
  • 8 September 1980 (1980-09-08) (Toronto)
  • 15 October 1980 (1980-10-15) (France)
Running time 87 minutes
Country France / Austria / West Germany / Switzerland
Language French

Sauve qui peut (la vie), which was released as Slow Motion in the UK, and as Every Man for Himself in the U.S., is a film directed, co-written and co-produced by Jean-Luc Godard, which premiered at the 1980 Cannes Film Festival. The film stars Jacques Dutronc, Isabelle Huppert, and Nathalie Baye, and the score is by Gabriel Yared. It was filmed in Switzerland.

Baye won her first César, for best supporting artist, in 1981 for this film. The film had 620,147 admissions in France.[1] Film critic Vincent Canby, writing in The New York Times, described the film effusively as "stunning," "beautiful," and "brilliant".[2] The film was also selected as the Swiss entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 53rd Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee.[3]

The film is available in the UK on DVD encoded for Region 2 and issued under the title Slow Motion, a reference to one of the film's salient aspects, a periodic slowing down of the action to a frame by frame advancement.


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  1. ^ http://www.jpbox-office.com/fichfilm.php?id=7478
  2. ^ Canby, Vincent (8 October 1980). "Movie Review: Every Man for Himself (1979), NYT Critics' Pick". The New York Times. Retrieved 14 September 2011. 
  3. ^ Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
  4. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Sauve qui peut (la vie)". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-05-28. 

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