Film Studies For Free is delighted to pass on word of an excellent new website dedicated to the study of Jean-Luc Godard‘s 1980 film Sauve qui peut (la vie)/ Every Man for Himself / Slow Motion (co-scripted by Godard with Jean-Claude Carrière and Anne-Marie Miéville). The website joins existing, brilliant, online Godard resources, like Glen W. Norton’s Cinema = Godard = Cinema, first established in 1996.
The new site is the Every Man For Himself Resource Archive that gathers links to (almost) every online item of note pertaining to this film in one, elegant, supremely useful space. This is a must-visit recommendation, especially given that this film has just been re-released in some cinemas (in a new 35mm print) in the USA.
Here are direct links to two articles on the film that EMFH doesn’t yet list (but which FSFF is hopeful that it will add!)
There is also a really interesting discussion by David Bordwell of studies of Godard’s film online here:
- David Bordwell, ‘Historical Poetics of Cinema’, in The Cinematic Text: Methods and Approaches, ed. R. Barton Palmer ((New York: AMS Press, 1989) [scroll to p. 383]
There are also numerous references to Godard’s film in the following online book (just search “Sauve” in your browser’s “Find [on page]” facility:
Below are all the excellent scholarly essays that EMFH links to so far. These links take you to the relevant page of their website where you will be referred on to the items themselves:
- Thomas Albrecht, “Sauve qui peut (l’image): Reading for a Double Life,” Cinema Journal 30:2, Winter 1991.
- Raymond Bellour, “I am an Image,” Camera Obscura 8/9/10, Fall 1982.
- Alain Bergala and Leos Carax, “Sauve Qui Peut (La Vie): Une Journée de Tournage,” Cahiers du Cinéma 306 December 1979. (French)
- Janet Bergstrom, “Violence and Enunciation,” Camera Obscura 8/9/10, Fall 1982.
- Harmut Bitomsky, “Desperation Spawns Courage,” Filmkritik V. 25.9, 1981. (German)
- Catherine Grant, “Home Movies: The Curious Cinematic Collaboration of Anne-Marie Miéville and Jean-Luc Godard,” [pre-print draft] in Forever Gordard, ed. Temple, Williams and Witt, Black Dog Publishing, 2004.
- Peter Harcourt, “Le Nouveau Godard: An Exploration of Sauve Qui Peut (La Vie),” Film Quarterly V. 35.2 (Winter 1981/2).
- Elizabeth Lyon, “La Passion, c’est pas ca,” Camera Obscura 8/9/10, Fall 1982.
- Colin MacCabe, “Slow Motion,” Screen 21.3, 1981.
- Contance Penley, “Pornography Eroticism,” Camera Obscura 8/9/10, Fall 1982.
- Robert Stam, “Jean-Luc Godard’s Sauve Qui Peut (La Vie),” Millennium Film Journal, Fall 1981/2, 10/11.
- Hanns Zischler, “Godard’s Sauve Qui Peut (La Vie) – Report on the Director’s Press Conference, Zurich, Jan 19, 1981,” Filmkritik V.25.9, 1981. (German)