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World War Z

World War Z
Docudramas today hide behind the usual legalese about “this is a work of fiction,” any resemblance to real people and events is unintended, blah blah blah. Screw that noise: This brass-balled 1969 thriller—an international sensation (and scandal) that at the time became one of the most popular foreign films ever released in this country—starts by broadcasting to the balcony that any resemblance is “not the result of chance…it is DELIBERATE.” Outrage was still fresh then over the 1963 assassination of Greek anti-fascist leader Grigoris Lambrakis and the subsequent fall of Greece’s democratic government to military dictatorship. (The title, a reference to graffiti meaning “he is alive” in Greek, was banned in the country.) French director Costa-Gavras, a Greek native, and screenwriter Jorge Semprun spin the real-life treachery into conspiracy drama, with Jean-Louis Trintignant as the investigating judge battling bureaucratic Brutuses, Yves Montand as the slain leader and Irene Papas as his widow. The movie opens here in a new print from the ace revival imprint Rialto Pictures. In French with subtitles.
Mondays-Sundays. Starts: Sept. 4. Continues through Sept. 10, 2009

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