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Z

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Z

Elaine Newton's Reel Stories
Artis—Naples Lifelong Learning


The movie to be screened for this lecture will be Z (1969; Academy Award winner, 1969). The film will be presented in full following Elaine’s brief introduction.


An iconic political thriller, Costa-Garvas' Z is a dramatic indictment of those who strove to undermine democratic process in Greece in the 1960s. Starring Yves Montand and Irene Papas, the film exposes conspiracy and hypocrisy amongst high-ranking police, military and government officials. An intrepid, honest judge (Jean-Louis Trintignant) seeks to present the facts in the assassination of a respected scientist and political leader only to have his moral victory corrupted.

Everyone involved in the creation and filming of this movie worked for reduced fees to bring it to the screen. Papas was never allowed to film in Greece again.

A brilliant suspense tale, Z is a political cry of rage.


Languages of Art  This presentation is part of Artis—Naples’ 2017-18 season theme, Languages of Art.

Elaine Newton

Elaine Newton


Elaine Newton, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus of Humanities at York University, Toronto, Canada. She has taught courses in literary theory and methodology, contemporary fiction, psychology and literature and archetypal criticism. Professor Newton was one of the founders of York University’s Advising Program and its much-emulated Faculty of Education. She is a recipient of the province of Ontario’s Teaching Award in recognition of excellence in university teaching and in 1984 received a citation as Toronto’s Outstanding Professor. In 1996 she was the recipient of the university-wide Teaching Award. She has held appointments as professor of literature at Carlton University, Ottawa; University of Cape Town, South Africa; University of Sydney, Australia; Victoria University and the University of Otago, New Zealand. She has lectured throughout Canada and the US, London, Hong Kong, Zurich and Caracas. In 1992 she was a member of the faculty of the University of Pittsburgh’s Semester-at-Sea.

For over 40 years she has planned and conducted adult education courses throughout North America. This is the 26th year that she has presented our literature series Critic’s Choice and the 20th year she has presented Four O’clock at the Movies. She also initiated and taught, for 11 years, the pioneering Artis—Naples seminar discussion program The Questers. Newton has worked as a book critic for Toronto’s The Globe and Mail, been a special consultant to the Ontario Library Association, led movie and theater discussions and served as a consultant to the North York Board of Education. She continues to conduct an annual lecture series at the Toronto Public Library and leads summer tours to Stratford and Niagara-on-the-Lake Theatre Festivals. Professor Newton has served as a programming resource specialist for Chapters (Canada) and makes frequent guest appearances on TV and radio.

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