Highest Rated: 100% Lumière and Company (1996)

Lowest Rated: 20% The Stupids (1996)

Birthday: Feb 12, 1933

Birthplace: Not Available

Costa-Gavras gleaned his political activism literally from his father's knee. The senior Gavras was a Greek government functionary who performed heroically in the resistance movement against the occupying Nazi forces in World War II. At war's end, the outspoken Gavras found himself labeled a communist by the new regime. As a result, young Costa-Gavras was denied entrance to the U.S., where he hoped to study filmmaking. He moved instead to Paris, studying literature at the Sorbonne and working as an assistant to several of France's top directors. Costa-Gavras displayed both the techniques he'd learned from such masters as Renoir and Demy (and the tricks he'd picked up through incessant viewings of American films) in his first directorial effort, The Sleeping Car Murders (1966). It would be the last pure-entertainment effort in Costa-Gavras' career; once the Greek government was toppled in a military junta, the director concentrated all his energies in turning out fast-moving, entertaining cinematic tracts. Z, a 1969 indictment of the repressiveness of the Greek "Colonels," was an international smash (even yielding a hit soundtrack); it won multiple awards, including the "Best Foreign Language Film" Oscar. Most often in collaboration with his favorite actor Yves Montand, Costa-Gavras continued pouring out his hatred of political oppression in such subsequent films as The Confession, State of Siege and Special Section. His style was several degrees removed from subtlety, and his films drove home their messages with the force of a jackhammer. In his first American film, Missing (1982), Costa-Gavras casts Jack Lemmon in the role that Yves Montand might have played in other circumstances; the film (which won a "Best Screenplay Adaptation" Oscar for the director) was based on the true story of an American kidnapped in Chile, a tragic consequence of the American-backed dictatorial regime. Making films for his own edification and not for those of the "politically correct" elite, Costa-Gavras lost many of his adherents (and gained many others) with his pro-Palestinian Hanna K. (1983). In 1982, Costa-Gavras was appointed president of the Cinematheque Francaise. The Music Box (1989), an uncharacteristically restrained story of a respected naturalized American citizen (Armin Mueller-Stahl) accused of being a Nazi war criminal; was not a financial success, but did win the Golden Bear Award at the Berlin Film Festival.


Highest Rated Movies



50% Adults in the Room Director Screenwriter 2019
73% Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles Actor $9.3K 2014
58% Capital Screenwriter Director 2013
No Score Yet The Extraordinary Voyage (Le voyage extraordinaire) Actor 2012
No Score Yet Jean-Louis Trintignant, pourquoi que je vis Actor 2012
No Score Yet À propos de Nice, la suite Director 2011
86% Eden à l'Ouest (Eden Is West) Producer Director Screenwriter 2009
No Score Yet 40 X 15 Actor 2008
No Score Yet The Colonel Screenwriter 2007
80% The Ax (Le Couperet) Director Screenwriter 2005
67% Amen Screenwriter Director 2003
No Score Yet Short - International Release #3 Actor 2001
36% Mad City Director 1997
20% The Stupids Gas Station Guy 1996
100% Lumière and Company Actor 1996
No Score Yet La petite apocalypse Screenwriter Director 1993
72% Music Box Director 1989
42% Betrayed Director 1988
No Score Yet Conseil De Famille Director Screenwriter 1986
32% Spies Like Us Tadzhik Highway Patrolman 1985
No Score Yet Hanna K. Screenwriter Director 1983
94% Missing Director Screenwriter 1982
No Score Yet Clair de Femme Screenwriter Director 1979
86% Madame Rosa Ramon 1978
No Score Yet Section Spéciale (Special Section) Producer Actor Director Screenwriter 1975
No Score Yet État de Siège (State of Siege) Director Screenwriter 1972
No Score Yet State of Seige Director 1972
100% The Confession Director 1970
93% Z Director Screenwriter 1969
No Score Yet Un Homme De Trop Director Screenwriter 1967
No Score Yet The Sleeping Car Murder Director Screenwriter 1965


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