States Of Danger And Deceit: Z

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STATES OF DANGER AND DECEIT:EUROPEAN POLITICAL THRILLERS IN THE 1970sis a touring season of films curated by Andy Willis, Reader in Film Studies at the University of Salford and Senior Visiting Curator: Film at HOME, Manchester, presented as part of BFI THRILLER with the support of the BFI, awarding funds from The National Lottery.The ideological turmoil that marked the late 1960s and led to events such as May 68 in Paris gave way in the 1970s to a more strident politics that involved stark contrasts between left and right. During this period those within the establishment and those without seemed willing to act with violence to force the changes they sought for society. In response to this political moment a number of European filmmakers turned to the format of the thriller - sometimes seriously, sometimes with humour - offering as it did the opportunity to explore conspiracies, authoritarian regimes, and political violence.ZA pulse-pounding political thriller, Greek expatriate director Costa-Gavrass Zwas 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 whos determined not to let them get away with it. Featuring kinetic, rhythmic editing, Raoul Coutards expressive vrit photography, and Mikis Theodorakiss unforgettable, propulsive score, Z is a technically audacious and emotionally gripping masterpiece.Director: Costa-GravasFrance/Greece 1969Cast: Yves Montand,Jean-Louis TrintignantFrench with English subtitlesRun time: 127 minsPart ofStates of Danger and Deceit: European Political Thrillers in the 1970s,a touring season presented byHOME, Manchester. Programme curated by Andy Willis,Reader in Film Studies at the University of Salford and Senior Visiting Curator: Film at HOME, produced by Rachel Hayward, HOMEs Film Programme Manager, and coordinated by Jessie Gibbs, HOME Film Team. Presentedwith the support of the BFI, awarding funds from The National Lottery.

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