Wednesday, October 10
(1970, Costa-Gavras) Stalinist show trial from the inside, as true believe Artur London (Yves Montand) gets the works en route to… a confession?! Amid flash-backs and forwards, Montand shrivels away, losing 30 pounds on the prison diet he kept to keep in character. Semprún was Oscar-nominated for his adaptation of London’s memoir of the real 1952 Slánský trial. DCP. Approx. 140 min.
“Disciplined, compelling and complex, we identify with Montand, but do not forget that the man he plays had helped to create the system that crucified him. This complexity and sobriety may have limited the film’s financial success but established it, in the eyes of a number of critics, as its director’s best picture.
– Penelope Houston