Z Costa-Gavras' fiery conspiracy thriller Z won the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar in 1970. That same year, the X-rated Midnight Cowboy won Best Picture. The… Z Costa-Gavras' fiery conspiracy thriller Z won the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar in 1970. That same year, the X-rated Midnight Cowboy won Best Picture. The…
Movie on DVD Review

Z (2009)

Z | FACING FACTS Irene Papas and Yves Montand in Z
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FACING FACTS Irene Papas and Yves Montand in Z
EW's GRADE
A

Details Release Date: Oct 27, 2009; DVD Release Date: Oct 27, 2009; Movie Rated: Unrated; With: Irene Papas, Yves Montand and Jean-Louis Trintignant

Costa-Gavras' fiery conspiracy thriller Z won the Best 
 Foreign Language Film Oscar in 1970. That same year, the X-rated Midnight Cowboy won Best Picture. The Academy hasn't been as daring (or as interesting) since. Based on the real-life 1963 assassination of a Greek politician, Z is a pulse-pounding procedural that pieces together the murder of a left-wing youth leader (Yves Montand). A baroque government cover-up is foiled by a tenacious inspector (Jean-
Louis Trintignant) whose rat-a-tat interrogations are like machine-gun fire. This is an amazing film, and the new transfer is an advertisement for cinematographer Raoul Coutard's Mediterranean-hued palette. New interviews with Costa-Gavras and Coutard are included on the EXTRAS, as is a dry commentary from a stuffy British film historian. A

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Originally posted Oct 21, 2009 Published in issue #1073 Oct 30, 2009 Order article reprints
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