Jean-Luc Godard Pauline Kael - Essay

Pauline Kael

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

"Every Man for Himself" has been widely hailed as a return to [Godard's] great, innovative work of the sixties. It's wonderful to feel the pull of Godard's images again, to feel the rhythmic assurance. There was a special, anarchic sensuousness in the hasty, jerky flow of a Godard film. And there still is. In "Every Man for Himself," he demonstrates his nonchalant mastery; he can still impose his own way of seeing on you. But the movie may also make you feel empty. More than the fat has been burned out of "Every Man for Himself": the juice is gone, too.

The film is about money and people selling themselves—their minds or their bodies…. These characters (and the people around them) have lost hope,...

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