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COSTA-GAVRAS

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  

 stars in this marvelous political thriller as a prosecutor who turns amateur detective after a liberal Greek politician () dies in a mysterious “accident” during a peace demonstration in Athens. The army have overthrown the democratic government and are now trying to cover up not only their part in it but the fact that there was any murder in the first place. Mesmerizing in its complexity, this film has layer after layer that draws you deeper into the riddle of this man’s complicated life which has become a more dangerous subject now that he is dead. Based on Vassilis Vassilikos’ novel, which was inspired by real life events, this film’s subject matter made Greek film industry cooperation an impossibility in 1969, which is why it was financed by France and Algeria and filmed in French. Before Life Is Beautiful came out this was the only film to be nominated for Academy Awards for both Best Picture and Best Foreign-Language Film.

Valoria Films, Reggane Films, Office National pour le Commerce et l’Industrie Cinématographique

France/Algeria, 1969

Screenplay by , based on the novel by

Cinematography by

Produced by ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Academy Awards 1969

Cannes Film Festival 1969

Golden Globe Awards 1969

New York Film Critics Awards 1969.  

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