Guerrillas Without Ideas

Guerrillas Without Ideas

In The Sleeping-Car Murders, Costa-Gavras’s exciting if rather conventional first movie, the hero was a Parisian detective desperately trying to solve a “perfect” murder. With the hindsight provided by three films, we can see that for Costa-Gavras the detective’s desire for truth was not merely a convention required by a popular movie genre; getting at the criminal, violent, hidden reality and bringing it to light is the moral passion animating all of CostaGavras’s work. Each of his political films has been an investigation, a dissolution of the fraudulent official version of some great public event. The director is both a muckraking journalist, raging at the lies that kill, and a quasi-Marxist analyst, tracing the larger patterns of corruption and power that make the lies necessary

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