Blu-ray, DVD Release: Every Man For Himself

Blu-ray and DVD Release Date: Feb. 3, 2015
Price: Blu-ray $39.95, DVD $29.95
Studio: Criterion


 Jacques Dutronc in Godard's Every Man for Himself

Jacques Dutronc in Godard’s Every Man for Himself

After a decade in the wilds of avant-garde and early video experimentation, Jean-Luc Godard (Weekend) returned to commercial cinema with 1980’s Every Man For Himself, a work of social commentary that remains intellectual and visually cutting-edge.

Every Man for Himself, featuring a script by Jean-Claude Carrière (The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie) and Anne-Marie Miéville (Ici et ailleurs), looks at the sexual and professional lives of three people—a television producer (Van Gogh’s Jacques Dutronc), his ex-girlfriend (A French Gigolo‘s Nathalie Baye), and a prostitute (White Material’s Isabelle Huppert)—to create a meditative story about work, relationships, and the notion of freedom.

Made twenty years into his career, the film was, according to Godard, a second debut.

Presented in French with English subtitles, Criterion’s Blu-ray and DVD editions of the film contain the following:

  • New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
    • Le scénario (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
    • An essay by critic Amy Taubin
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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.