May 22nd, 2012: Z (1969)

Cast and Crew:   Costa-Gravas (Director); Irene Papas, Jean-Louis Trintignant

What It’s About: Leftist Greek politician Z (Yves Montand) holds a rally in the face of threats of violence.  When he is fatally attacked, a journalist (Jacques Perrin) works to uncover the identity of the killers-and their connections to the military and right-wing.

Why Watch it Today?:  Z is attacked on May 22nd in this excellent political thriller, based on events that happened in Greece in the early 1960s.  The real politician, Grigoris Lambrakis was also attacked today in 1963.  When the film was made the military junta that took control of Greece after the events depicted in the film were still in power, making this French film particularly compelling as an artifact of the period.

Where to Get It: Hulu Plus;  Netflix (DVD)

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