Monday, April 24, 2017

Z (1969)


The Following Contains Vague Spoilers. Proceed With Caution.
Man that ending still packs a whallop. When I first saw this film a few years ago, it took me by absolute surprise. In a Trump/Brexit World, it's a painful reminder that sometimes the polls are wrong. Sometimes the bad guys win. There is no reassurance to be found here.

They say that films where the characters hold back tears are more likely to illicit tears from the audience. Here, Costa-Gavras is holding back the revolution in hopes that it will inspire the audience to start one. "Any resemblance to actual events, to persons living or dead, is not the result of chance. It is DELIBERATE."

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