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Costa-Gavras

Highest Rated:   100% Lumière and Company (1996)
Lowest Rated:   21% The Stupids (1996)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
72% Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles
  • Actor
$0.1M 2014
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)
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
2009
No Score Yet 40 X 15
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet The Colonel
  • Screenwriter
2007
80% Le Couperet
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
2005
67% Amen
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
2003
No Score Yet Short - International Release #3
  • Actor
2001
37% Mad City
  • Director
1997
21% The Stupids
  • Gas Station Guy
1996
100% Lumière and Company
  • Actor
1996
No Score Yet La petite apocalypse
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1993
75% Music Box
  • Director
1989
45% Betrayed
  • Director
1988
No Score Yet Conseil De Famille
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1986
35% Spies Like Us
  • Tadzhik Highway Patrolman
1985
No Score Yet Hanna K.
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1983
97% Missing
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1982
No Score Yet Clair de Femme
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1979
83% Madame Rosa
  • Ramon
1978
No Score Yet Section Spéciale (Special Section)
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
  • Actor
  • Director
1975
No Score Yet État de Siège (State of Siege)
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1972
No Score Yet The Confession
  • Director
1970
95% Z
  • Director
1969
No Score Yet Un Homme De Trop
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1967
No Score Yet The Sleeping Car Murder
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1965

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