A pulse-pounding political thriller, Greek expatriate director Costa-Gavras’s Z was one of the cinematic sensations of the late sixties, and is a technically audacious and emotionally gripping masterpiece, loosely based on the 1963 assassination of Greek left-wing activist Gregoris Lambrakis.
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One of the great political films & is one of the great conspiracy thrillers. Made by Costa-Gavras with nuance & understanding & shot by legendary DP Raoul Cotard, Z breaks down the murder of a leftist politician & the attempts by the right-wing government to hide its involvement. Free of centrist BS & unrealistic Hollywood heroism, Z pulls no punches & makes one see the fascism in modern society. Timeless.
A masterful, daredevil portrait of the moral frustration and resentment towards the political milieu during the cold war. The editing and overall handling of the story in terms of pace is just astonishing. An essential political thriller by the greek master.
A riveting political thriller from director Costa-Gavras never lets its political intentions dampen the finely-crafted suspense of its deftly-unfolding conspiracy. The fluid camerawork and razor-sharp editing keep the tension high from beginning to end, all set to a great score by Mikis Theodorakis. A true classic.
Not just about an assassination, Costa Gavras recreates the political atmosphere of when these events took place. Greece 1963.
A memorable score by Theodarakis and excellent performances by Yves Montand and Jean -Louis Trintignant. But I wish Irene Papas had been given more dialogue.