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½ February 17, 2018
An original attack on political conservative corruption that existed in modern day France. I would say that this is where many European political demonstrations got their drive. 1001 movies to see before you die.
February 6, 2018
Political suspense which foreshadowed the American Watergate scandal. When a coverup has too many loose threads, it can unravel easily.
January 8, 2018
An exceptional political thriller. Costa-Gavras directs masterfully, and the film's editing by Francoise Bonnot tells the story so effectively that even today, almost 50 years after its release, it looks more original and innovative than the majority of contemporary movies. A basic knowledge of what happened in Greece during the 60s is welcome but not required to enjoy this movie, as it works also as a separate story. I caught myself thinking of Z a few nights ago, when I watched the excellent Detroit by K. Bigelow. That particular film would benefit greatly from the tight and concise narration of Z, which keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout. Very sadly, Costa Gavras has made a few more good movies over the years, but no other work of his can compare to this visual and nearly flawless masterpiece. Francoise Bonnot won the Academy Award for editing in 1969. She was never given the opportunity to film another fast-paced thriller, and although her other work includes highlights such as Missing, Frida and the Tempest, she never gave us another masterpiece like Z. An absolute must-watch.
½ August 31, 2017
The murder of a leftist leader is at the center of this political thriller that draws upon actual events and moves along with a rather engaging cinema verite style that I rather enjoyed, even if this sort of film isn't exactly in my casual viewing wheelhouse.

Well worth a look, give it a rental.
August 28, 2017
A hard-hitting political thriller based on the right-wing military junta in Greece in the 1960s, Z is a benchmark film with brilliant direction by Costa-Gavras. Jean-Pierre Trintignant is brilliant as the fair, law-abiding, no nonsense magistrate and the film's ending is thought provoking on how people in high places get away literally with murder and the small fry face the gallows. A must see.
Super Reviewer
August 3, 2017
The film's anti-fascism always reads as raw and angry but never unfocused. A remarkable thriller.
May 4, 2017
Z is one of 60s most overrated foreign films which deals with an important story, but presents it in a very off-putting manner with sometimes sluggish, yet at times also frenetic pacing. It is never as engaging as it should have been, it is very dated and a total bore from start to finish.
April 21, 2017
Slyly satirical, edge of your seat, and a perfectly constructed thriller that stands with the best films of all time.
½ March 4, 2017
A little bit of lull in the middle but the film got better and more entertaining as it went on.
July 17, 2016
A intense and emotional struggle between the political left and right. One of the first and most important film in the political genre. The leading fascist regime is pulling it's strings in the composition of a left-wing-leaders murder. Great cast and the serious french 60s movie-feeling.
June 16, 2016
Thus far, the only film to be nominated by the Academy for Best Film and Best Foreign Language Film. Endeavours to expose the morally corrupted Greek government, this 1969 momentous labour of love somehow loses its political relevancy and urgency over the decades.
April 22, 2016
Miles Edgeworth - Ace Attorney Investigations: The Movie
March 7, 2016
They wanted to kill me.

An outspoken political activist is brutally murdered in a mysterious and curios manner. As a relentless investigator researches the crime, witnesses turn up missing. As the case gets closer and closer to trial, the case begins falling apart. The investigator and judge will have a tough time getting to the bottom of the unfortunate events.

"That guy got rich selling one eye to an American."

Costa-Gavras, director of Missing, Amen, The Ax, Mad City, Eden Is West, Capital, The Confession, Womanlight, Family Council, and State of Siege, delivers Z. The storyline for this picture is interesting but a bit long and could have been paced better. The acting is solid and the courtroom setting and drama is well executed.

"Seven other witnesses died before the trial."

I recently came across this on Turner Classic Movies (TCM) and had to see it. This wasn't perfect or a must see, but I enjoyed following the story and how it unfolds. This is worth seeing once but is not an all time classic.

"Let them kill each other."

Grade: C+/B-
February 15, 2016
Saw it when it was released, so, long time ago. I still realize it had such an impact on me. Always surprised it is never shown on tv. Will really try to find it now to watch it again - - - -and now it is on Arte tonight. Hurray!
November 13, 2015
Based on actual events, this movie is a striking political thriller and disturbingly illuminates how far corruption can travel. Everything comes together - script, pace, shots, characters, music - to create a gripping though sobering movie watching experience.
½ May 13, 2015
A brave and revolutionary retelling of political oppression.
½ February 5, 2015
a polemic thriller about the assassination of an opposition leader, & one prosecutor's attempt to hold the fascist government accountable.
½ January 11, 2015
Toute ressemblance avec des evenements reels, des personnes vivantes ou mortes, n'est pas le fait du hasard. Elle est volontaire.
½ December 4, 2014
***Due to the recent RT changes that have basically ruined my past reviews, I am mostly only giving a rating rather than a full review.***
October 9, 2014
A very interesting, chaotic movie.

The film tells the true story about a Greek doctor's murder, leading to the overthrow of the Greek government. One of the most interesting facets about the movie is... it has no main character. It follows various different people, policemen, judges, witnesses, etc and the role they all play in the investigation.

Almost none of the characters' names (with a few exceptions) are mentioned. An odd little tidbit.

Costa-Gavras' directing is spot on. Not a second is wasted and the film is edited very well, adding to the tension that you can feel boiling just beneath the surface. The film moves at a rapid pace.

The music for the film, is perfect, and adds to an already fast paced and chaotic film. It's well worth looking into.
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