Sunday, November 16, 2014

Z (A film by Costa-Gavras)

Z is a 1969 French language political thriller directed by Costa-Gavras, with a screenplay by Gavras and Jorge Semprún, based on the 1966 novel of the same name by Vassilis Vassilikos. The film presents a thinly fictionalized account of the events surrounding the assassination of democratic Greek politician Grigoris Lambrakis in 1963. With its satirical view of Greek politics, its dark sense of humor, and its downbeat ending, the film captures the outrage about the military dictatorship that ruled Greece at the time of its making.
Z stars Jean-Louis Trintignant as the investigating magistrate (an analogue of Christos Sartzetakis, who 22 years later was appointed President of Greece by democratically elected parliamentarians). International stars Yves Montand and Irene Papas also appear, but despite their star billing have very little screen time compared to the other principals. Jacques Perrin, who co-produced, plays a key role. The film's title refers to a popular Greek protest slogan (Greek: Ζει, IPA: [ˈzi]) meaning "he (Lambrakis) lives".
The film had a total of 3,952,913 admissions in France and was the 4th highest grossing film of the year. It was also the 12th highest grossing film of 1969 in the U.S. Z is also one of the few films to be nominated for both the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and Best Picture.
Directed by Costa-Gavras
Produced by Jacques Perrin
Ahmed Rachedi
Screenplay by Jorge Semprún
Story by Vassilis Vassilikos
Starring Jean-Louis Trintignant
Yves Montand
Irene Papas
Jacques Perrin
Music by Mikis Theodorakis
Cinematography Raoul Coutard
Edited by Françoise Bonnot
Distributed by Cinema V (US)
Release dates
  • February 26, 1969 (France)
Running time 127 minutes
Country France
Language French
Box office $14,283,305   
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