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Released 1969

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Director:
Jean-Louis Trintignant
Released:
1969
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Z won the 1970 Academy Award for Best Foreign language film for its searing exploration of the political cover-up of an assassination. Renowned director Costa-Gavras ("Missing") based this mystery/thriller on real historical events in his native Greece, and inspired a slew of muckraking 70's films like "All the President's Men" and "The Parallax View." Z (Yves Montand of "Wages of Fear") is an important pacifist politician in an unnamed country, murdered by a conspiracy between the government and the military of a right-wing regime. The police try to disguise his death as the result of a drunk driver, but the autopsy and a dedicated investigative judge (Jean-Louis Trintignant) unravel the deception. The film maintains an intense, driving pace, which suits this story of moral outrage and political corruption from a clearly left-wing point of view. The movie benefits from dashes of humor, and a pulsing score from Mikis Theodorakis ("Zorba the Greek").

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    Classics, Thrillers, Foreign Language