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A pulse-pounding political thriller, Greek expatriate director Costa-Gavras’s Z was one of the cinematic sensations of the late sixties, and remains among the most vital dispatches from that hallowed era of filmmaking. This Academy Award winner—loosely based on the 1963 assassination of Greek left-wing activist Gregoris Lambrakis—stars Yves Montand as a prominent politician and doctor whose public murder amid a violent demonstration is covered up by military and government officials; Jean-Louis Trintignant is the tenacious magistrate who’s determined not to let them get away with it. Featuring kinetic, rhythmic editing, Raoul Coutard’s expressive vérité photography, and Mikis Theodorakis’s unforgettable, propulsive score, Z is a technically audacious and emotionally gripping masterpiece.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 40
- Fresh: 37
- Rotten: 3
- Average Rating: 8.1/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: A punchy political pic [from the novel by Vassilis Vassilikos] that mixes action, violence, and conspiracy on a robust, lavish scale.
Fresh: The military junta that ensued in Greece gave the film a sense of urgency approved by Cannes and Oscar alike.
Fresh: It is a great film for many reasons, not the least of which is that it can be enjoyed as a political thriller as well as a political statement.
Fresh: Fascism has been driven underground, but a dose of Costa-Gavra's electrifyingly brutal 1969 political thriller Z will rattle you all the same.