After a decade in the wilds of avant-garde and early video experimentation, Jean-Luc Godard returned to commercial cinema with this star-driven work of social commentary, while remaining defiantly intellectual and formally cutting-edge. EVERY MAN FOR HIMSELF, featuring a script by Jean-Claude Carrière and Anne-Marie Miéville, looks at the sexual and professional lives of three people, a television director (Jacques Dutronc), his ex-girlfriend (Nathalie Baye), and a prostitute (Isabelle Huppert), to create a meditative story about work, relationships, and the notion of freedom. Made twenty years into his career, it was, Godard said, his “second first film.”
In October 1980, director Jean-Luc Godard appeared on two episodes of “The Dick Cavett Show” to promote the U.S. release of EVERY MAN FOR HIMSELF. Presented here, in their entirety, are those two episodes.
In the following interview, conducted in 2014, Marin Karmitz, founder of the film production and distribution company MK2, talks about his career-long association with director Jean-Luc Godard and helping to produce EVERY MAN FOR HIMSELF, which Godard referred to as his “second first film.”
Renato Berta and William Lubtchansky on EVERY MAN FOR HIMSELF, 1981
In this 1981 German television program, “Godards Kameramänner,” directed by Michael Klier and part of the series “Kino 81,” cinematographers Renato Berta and William Lubtchansky discuss their collaborative effort on EVERY MAN FOR HIMSELF.
Directed by Jon Jost, Donald Ranvaud, and Peter Wollen • 1980 • United Kingdom
The following short film from 1980, featuring director Jean-Luc Godard, was made by Jon Jost, Don Ranvaud, and Peter Wollen, in association with the magazine “Framework: The Journal of Cinema and Media.”