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Time Out says

One of Costa-Gavras' glossy political melodramas, set in Occupied France and dealing with one of the Vichy government's shabbier episodes: the drafting of retroactive anti-terrorist laws which allowed the French judiciary to re-sentence a number of pathetically harmless prisoners in order to appease the Germans. At first the glossy production provides a rather effective counterpoint to the political intrigue. But issues here become clear-cut - over-simplified, even - and the visual elegance looks increasingly hollow. The script becomes bogged down in wordy repetitions on the corruption of power and the power of corruption. The final third - the show trials - is pure playing to the gallery, in much the same way as Z. By way of compensation, some of the performances - Louis Seigner, especially, as the Minister of Justice - stand against the film's tendency towards caricature.
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Release Details

  • Duration:118 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director: Costa-Gavras
  • Screenwriter: Costa-Gavras, Jorge Semprun
  • Cast:
    • François Maistre
    • Roland Bertin
    • Bruno Crémer
    • Henri Serre
    • Pierre Dux
    • Jacques Perrin
    • Michel Lonsdale
    • Ivo Garrani
    • Louis Seigner
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