Film Series: Z (1969)

Date: 
Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 7:00pm
Location: 
Mizzou North, Room 707

Z movie poster(1969)

Directed by Costa-Gavras
Starring Yves Montand, Irene Papas, Jacques Perrin, and Jean-Louis Trintignant

Free and open to the public!

The title refers to a popular Greek protest slogan (Greek: Ζει) meaning "he lives.” Costa-Gavras's Oscar-winning film reflects an actual assassination in 1963 of Greek democratic politician Grigoris Lambrakis, the outrage that ensued, and the military dictatorship in power at the time of the film’s creation. Ground-breaking, the film is a political thriller that was the first film to be nominated for Academy Awards both for Best Foreign Language Film and for Best Picture.

At the time of its release, film critic Roger Ebert, who named Z the best film of 1969, wrote, "[Z] is a film of our time. It is about how even moral victories are corrupted. It will make you weep and will make you angry. Z is at the same time a political cry of rage and a brilliant suspense thriller."

 

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