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(1969, Costa-Gavras) Helmeted police look elsewhere as a raging mob awaits the emergence of charismatic left-wing deputy Yves Montand from his SRO “Ban the Bomb” address and then... “Just an accident” exhales legal honcho François Périer as he leaves it to tintedeyeglassed magistrate Trintignant (Best Actor, Cannes) to wrap things up nicely. But the crowds are painting big white Z’s in the street... Academy Award, Best Foreign Film.  Approx. 127 min. 35mm.



“One of the fastest, most exciting melodramas ever made! The picture never loses emotional contact with the audience; it derives from the traditions of the American gangster movies and prison pictures and anti-Fascist melodramas of the 40s.”
– Pauline Kael

“It is a film of our time. It is about how even moral victories are corrupted. It will make you weep and will make you angry. It will tear your guts out.”
– Roger Ebert

Z carries the reverberations of that cultural shift from enlightenment to paranoia in each of its shrewdly devised tropes from common genres. Costa-Gavras expresses the tension and terror of political conspiracy that haunted the democratic and anti-war movements of the sixties—and still does.”
– Armond White