Political movie. Prix Louis-Delluc 1972. The Costa-Gavras film underlines the American secret involvement in the political affairs of South American countries in the 60's and the 70's. What has fallen now into the public domain wasn't so evident when State of Siege was shot. Truth was never neutral then: either you were a communist either you were a fascist when it came to give an opinion about this topic. See it!
Looks great, very well directed, super on-the-nose, lecture-like (I do not require this lecture), and WHY THE HELL ARE THESE PEOPLE SPEAKING FRENCH!?! If you are obligated to make this movie in French then make another goddamn movie instead. And if yr business model includes selling us Yves Montand as an American then I can assure you that you are destined to go belly up.
pierre-william glenn creates striking images (opening sequence with a car) but the overall impression is that of political inelegance / throughout the screening i couldn't stop thinking about bellocchio's poetic buongiorno, notte and schrader's ambivalent patty hearst