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France 1968
Directed by
Constantin Costas-Gavras
127 minutes



4 stars

Z

A classic of the 60s counter-cultural era, set in a hypothetical state not dissimilar to France and following hard on the heels of 1968, this very effectively depicts the opposition between the bigoted corrupted Establishment and crusading White Knights of Youth Culture. There is a pervasive awareness of the cruelty of the status quo which is underlined by the final sequence which removes any illusion or optimism about the possibility of another kind of order (except, of course, by violent overthrow). BH

 

 

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