Sunday, 12 March 2017

Capital Celluloid 2017 - Day 88: Wed Mar 29

Z (Costa-Gavras, 1969): Regent Street Cinema, 7.30pm

This evening is part of Kino Klassika's 'World to Win' season. Bringing together provocative films by directors such as Sergei Eisenstein, Mikhail Kalatozov, Larisa Shepitko and Andrei Smirnov, Jean-Luc Godard, Gauber Rocha, Andrzej Wajda, Bernardo Bertolucci and Ken Loach, the season offers a touring programme to reach audiences across the UK. You can read the full details here.

The film was restored and digitized last year by KG Productions with the support of CNC and under the supervision of Costa-Gavras. 

Time Out review:
Costa-Gavras' crowd-pleasing left wing thriller was based on the 1965 Lambrakis affair, in which investigation of the accidental death of a medical professor uncovered a network of police and government corruption. As Greece was under the Colonels at the time, the film was shot in Algeria, with a script by Spaniard Jorge Semprun and music by Theodorakis. The recreation of the murder and the subsequent investigation uses the techniques of an American thriller to gripping effect, though conspiracies are so commonplace nowadays that it's hard to imagine the impact it made at the time.
David Thompson

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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