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This 1969 French film captures a revolutionary time in history. Based on true events that happened in Greece in the 1960s, Z portrays the dueling worlds of politically left minded students and laborers who are against the Vietnam War and the power of the ruling class and the ruling class, right-wing traditionalists.

As new ideas and beliefs are starting to develop across the United States and Europe new political figures began to emerge. During this time in Greece a leftist pacifist was gaining popularity and the ruling figures in the military dictatorship did not care for his non-traditional positions and views.

After giving a political speech in a hall in the center of town, the leftist senator is hit over the head by a bigoted thug. As his family and friends fear for his life, the government, police, and military worry that if he dies we will be turned into a martyr. As the film progresses it becomes apparent that the members of the powerful ruling class are not interested in finding the culprits. Instead of investigating into the crime, they spend their time examining all of the senator’s campaign workers and manipulating witnesses to make the assassination look like a drunk driving accident. Cover-ups, lies, violence, and persuasion are all utilized by several different departments of the ruling class to cover up a murder. <

As the magistrate begins to investigate into the incident it becomes evident that the senator was not killed by a drunk driver but was hit over the head with a weapon. The magistrate and a photojournalist uncover enough evidence to charge the right-wing aggressors who committed the crime and four high-ranking military officers.

However it is up to you to see what happened in the end. Will justice be served or will the militaristic government prevail?

What I love about this film and The French Connection is the documentary style that both films exhibit. In a gritty, realistic approach this makes the film truly authentic and honest. The compelling elements of flashbacks and close-ups help to maturely develop the film into an intriguing experience for the viewer.

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