Every Man for Himself
(Sauve qui peut [la vie])
Isabelle Huppert, Jacques Dutronc, Nathalie Baye, Roland Amstutz,
A shared friendship with former PFA director Tom Luddy brought Jean-Luc Godard and Francis Ford Coppola together (originally for a Bugsy Siegel concept), and led to Zoetrope both helping finance Every Man for Himself and affixing “Francis Ford Coppola Presents” to the titles for its US release. Isabelle Huppert plays a country girl turned prostitute in this lyrical comedy about the selling of the self, which Godard referred to as his “second first film.” (It was his first narrative film after eight years.) “At the end of the film, one’s perceptions have been so enriched, so sharpened, that one leaves invigorated. . . . A stunning, original work” (Vincent Canby, New York Times).