How easily should one dismiss political potboilers? Z caused a lot of stir, with its topical subject and excellent performance from Trintignant; its audience was large, its message clear. State of Siege betrays its later date in the laboured difficulty of its subject: Tupamaro guerillas vs the CIA. It's the more courageous film, but far less 'successful', simply unable to contain the subject of terrorism within a basically thriller format. Both films sacrifice analysis and integrity in favour of popular polemic and an exploitative format, but then both films told the truth before it became 'true'; well worth seeing, if only to wonder what similar films could be made on Ulster or any of the other 'forgotten' aspects of British democracy in action.
State of Siege
Cast and crew
|Screenwriter:||Franco Solinas, Costa-Gavras|