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Z Movie

January 22, 2011 by Post Team 

Z Movie, Z is a 1969 French thriller language policy directed by Costa Gavras, with a screenplay by Gavras and Jorge Sempre? N, based on the 1966 novel of the same name by Vassilis Vassilikos. The film presents a fictionalized account only the events surrounding the assassination of democratic Greek politician Grigoris Lambrakis in 1963. With its satirical view of Greek politics, his sense of black humor, and his end of cooling, the film captures the outrage about the military dictatorship that ruled Greece at the time of manufacture.

Z stars Jean-Louis Trintignant as magistrate (ananlogue of Christos Sartzetakis, who years later was named president of Greece by the democratically elected parliamentarians). International stars Yves Montand and Irene Papas also appear, but despite their star billing screen time very short compared to other major. Jacques Perrin, who co-produced, plays a key role. The film’s title refers to the popular Greek protest slogan “???” mmeaning,”he (Lambrakis) lives.”

The location of the action is never explicitly stated (the filming took place mainly in Algiers), but there are clues (like a typewriter, Greek, and advertisements for beer Greek) that are Greece in the early 1960s. In addition, in the opening credits there is a warning, which reads model (in translation): “Any resemblance to actual events, persons living or dead, is not accidental, it is deliberate.”

The story begins with the last moments of a conference of government rather dull and slideshow on the agricultural policy, after which the police chief of security of a right-wing government-dominated military takes the podium for an impassioned speech describing the government program to combat leftism, using the metaphor of “a mold of the mind”, an infiltration of “isms”, or “sunspots.”

The scene then turns to the preparation of a rally of the opposition faction or deputy (Montand) is to give a speech advocating nuclear disarmament. It is obvious that there were attempts to prevent the delivery of speech. The venue was changed to a room much smaller and logistical problems have arisen from nowhere. As Vice-Cross the street from the room after giving his speech, a delivery truck speeds before him and a man on the bed open truck struck down with a club. The wound is ultimately fatal, and at this point it is already clear to the viewer that the police manipulated the controls of the force to the conclusion that the victim was just hit by a drunk driver.

Film critic Roger Ebert liked the screenplay and his message, and says, “[Z] is a movie of our time. The question is how even moral victories are corrupted. It will make you cry and get angry. It will tear your guts … When the junta organized its army coup in 1967, the general right and police chief have been exonerated of all charges and “rehabilitated.” Those responsible for unmasking the assassination became political criminals. These appear to be completely political events, but the young director Costa-Gavras told them in a style that is almost unbearably exciting Z is also a cry of rage and a political thriller, it ends bright even in a chase: This is not the streets, but through a maze of facts, alibis and corruption. [via wikipedia]

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