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Saturday, July 16, 2011


Z (1969)

Writer: VasilisVasilikos (novel), Jorge Semprun
Director: Costa-Gavras
Starring: a bunch of french actors

a greek communist leader is assassinated with the help of the government and police. a magistrate investigates and finds some stuff out.

The fact that this is a French movie about Greece isn't why it's difficult to follow, but it certainly doesn't help.  This was an interesting docu-drama about what were apparently some pretty difficult times, but it started a little too in medias res and never really gave us a chance to catch up.  The cast of characters widened through practically the entire movie and there wasn't a lot of context behind what they all were doing.  There was also a definitive slant towards one side of the story; and that usually bothers me.

There was some great technique here--I especially liked how they chose to vary by character the use flashbacks and imagery which caused us to question the point of view of the camera--and the production itself was great.  But at the end of the day they had too much respect for the viewer in some places and not enough in others.

The Woman
interesting-ish. not really my bag. i could see it was critically good, but it just didn't really jive with me. i was confused for awhile and then i got frustrated and stopped caring or paying attention. eh.

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