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Z

1969 / 127min / DCP

DIRECTOR: COSTA-GAVRAS

CAST: YVES MONTAND, IRENE PAPAS, JEAN-LOUIS TRINTIGNANT, JACQUES PERRIN, CHARLES DENNER

Costa-Gavras’s fictionalized, semidocumentary-style retelling of the 1963 Greek political assassination known as the “Lambrakis Affair” stars Yves Montand (himself a dedicated leftist) as the targeted pro-peace political agitator and Jean-Louis Trintignant as the magistrate who investigates the fishy circumstances surrounding his death. A breathlessly-paced thriller fired with political passion (and Mikis Theodorakis’s stirring score) that exposes the operations of fascist dirty tricks, and like the disclaimer says: “Any resemblance to actual persons or events is deliberate.”

Screening with Trailers for MEDIUM COOL, THE WILD BUNCH, EASY RIDER. Trailers courtesy of the Packard Humanities Institute Collection at the Academy Film Archive.

Z is screening as part of the Academy at Metrograph.