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State of Siege

Costa-Gavras

 
State of Siege (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • France
  • 1972
  • 121 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.66:1
  • French
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  • Spine #760

Costa-Gavras puts the United States’ involvement in Latin American politics under the microscope in this arresting thriller. An urban guerrilla group, outraged at the counterinsurgency and torture training clandestinely organized by the CIA in their country (unnamed in the film), abducts a U.S. official (Yves Montand) to bargain for the release of political prisoners; soon the kidnapping becomes a media sensation, leading to violence. Cowritten by Franco Solinas, the electrifying State of Siege piercingly critiques the American government for supporting foreign dictatorships, while also asking difficult questions about the efficacy of radical violent acts to oppose such regimes.

Cast

Philip Michael Santore Yves Montand
Captain LopezRenato Salvatori
Carlos DucasO. E. Hasse
HugoJacques Weber
EsteJean-Luc Bideau
Minister of Internal SecurityMaurice Teynac
Female senatorYvette Etiévant
Mrs. SantoreEvangeline Peterson
Minister of Foreign AffairsHarald Wolff

Disc Features

  • New 2K digital restoration, supervised by director Costa-Gavras, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New conversation between Costa-Gavras and film scholar Peter Cowie
  • NBC News excerpts from 1970 on the kidnapping of Dan A. Mitrione, on which the film is based
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by journalist Mark Danner

    New cover by Adam Maida

Film Essays

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State of Siege: Their Torture, and Ours

By Mark Danner May 27, 2015

Costa-Gavras’s political drama sheds disturbing light on the violent methods used by governments to maintain order. Read more »

Interviews


Film Essays

Siege_thumbnail

State of Siege: Their Torture, and Ours

By Mark Danner May 27, 2015

Costa-Gavras’s political drama sheds disturbing light on the violent methods used by governments to maintain order. Read more »


Three Reasons

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