Jean-Luc Godard's Every Man For Himself (Sauve Que Peut/La Vie), 1980
Tonight, 7 and 9 p.m.
Northwest Film Forum
1515 12th Ave.
Seattle, Wa. 98122
(206) 267-5380

An off-kilter comedy from Jean-Luc Godard, one of the founding fathers of French New Wave, Every Man For Himself (Sauve Qui Peut/La Vie) blends the stunning camera work the master is known for with a wry look at the very notion of cinema itself. Made after Godard's 10-year hiatus from filmmaking, the movie involves a trio of characters who intersect in various sexual combinations, with philosophical rants thrown in for good measure. Those looking for a story-driven plot will be disappointed, as the film is more a series of character studies, but there's plenty of nudity, ass-slapping, and aggressively homosexual bellhops to keep your attention. The soundtrack by Lebanese composer Gabriel Yared is also one of those great blends of Giorgio Moroder-esque electronic exploration and late-'70s orchestral grandeur (sampling heads take note).