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Costa-Gavras

 
Z (Criterion DVD)

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  • France, Greece
  • 1969
  • 127 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.66:1
  • French
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  • Spine #491

A pulse-pounding political thriller, Greek expatriate director Costa-Gavras’s Z was one of the cinematic sensations of the late sixties, and remains among the most vital dispatches from that hallowed era of filmmaking. This Academy Award winner—loosely based on the 1963 assassination of Greek left-wing activist Gregoris Lambrakis—stars Yves Montand as a prominent politician and doctor whose public murder amid a violent demonstration is covered up by military and government officials; Jean-Louis Trintignant is the tenacious magistrate who’s determined not to let them get away with it. Featuring kinetic, rhythmic editing, Raoul Coutard’s expressive vérité photography, and Mikis Theodorakis’s unforgettable, propulsive score, Z is a technically audacious and emotionally gripping masterpiece.

Cast

The DoctorYves Montand
Hélène, the doctor's wifeIrene Papas
The MagistrateJean-Louis Trintignant
PhotojournalistJacques Perrin
The generalPierre Dux
Public Prosecutor District AttorneyFrançois Périer
ManuelCharles Denner
NickGeorges Géret

Credits

DirectorCosta-Gavras
Co-producerJacques Perrin and Ahmed Rachedi
Based on the book Z byVasilis Vasilikos
ScreenplayJorge Semprún and Costa-Gavras
MusicMikis Theodorakis
CinematographyRaoul Coutard
EditingFrançoise Bonnot
Production designJacques D'Ovidio

Disc Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by cinematographer Raoul Coutard
  • Audio commentary featuring film historian Peter Cowie
  • New interviews with Costa-Gavras and Coutard
  • Archival interviews with Costa-Gavras; producer-actor Jacques Perrin; actors Pierre Dux, Yves Montand, Irène Papas, and Jean-Louis Trintignant; and Vassilis Vassilikos, author of the book Z
  • Theatrical trailer
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Armond White

    New cover by Eric Skillman

Film Essays

Z: Sounding the Alarm

By Armond WhiteOctober 26, 2009

Costa-Gavras’s 1969 political assassination thriller Z appeared at the end of a decade of . . . Read more »

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12 Title Designs We Love

February 28, 2012


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Features

Z and the New York Film Critics Circle

By Armond WhiteDecember 10, 2009

Upon its U.S. release in the fall of 1969, Costa-Gavras’sZ made a splash unprecedented for a . . . Read more »


Press Notes

Press Notes: Z

November 05, 2009

Critics are rallying around the Criterion special edition DVD of Costa-Gavras’s benchmark . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Z: Sounding the Alarm

By Armond WhiteOctober 26, 2009

Costa-Gavras’s 1969 political assassination thriller Z appeared at the end of a decade of . . . Read more »


News

Z in L.A.

April 02, 2009

The new 35 mm print of Costa-Gavras’s Academy Award–winning Z, struck for the fortieth . . . Read more »