Sunday, October 9, 2011

State of Siege (État de siège) (1972)

Director: Costa-Gavras. Cast: Yves Montand, Renato Salvatori, O.E. Hasse. 115 min. France/Italy/West Germany. Political/Thriller.

Costa-Gavras' political thrillers have this uncanny ability to deliver messages throughout decades, in lieu of the supposed worldwide spread of democracy. A Uruguay military dictatorship uses the help of American democracy-loving investors to crack down on the opposition (holding gruesome "torture classes" for the military and thugs along the way), keeps the country under a state of siege for years (while the democratic Constitution only allowed two weeks), and the opposition uses violent means to uphold non-violent democracy. Oh isn't this never-ending vicious cycle all so familiar. Not to be missed, even if only to hear Mikis Theodorakis' nostalgic soundtrack.

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