Gillo Pontecorvo's multi-award winning picture The Battle Of Algiers has perhaps never been as pertinent as it is now. Set from 1954 to 1962, the movie uses documentary-style black and white photography to recreate real events. Algerian liberation fighters use terrorist techniques against the French colonial occupiers; the French retaliate with brutal military force. Brilliantly directed set-pieces and remarkable crowd scenes make the film a masterpiece; the ominous familiarity of its subject makes it a must-see" - The Times How to win battle against terrorism and lose the war of ideas. Children shoot soldiers at point blank range. Women plant bombs in Cafes. Sounds familiar? The French have a plan. It succeeds tactically, but fails strategically. To understand why, come to a rare showing of this film.'' - Pentagon tlyer for their in-house screening of Battle Of Algiers All the armies of the world - including the Pentagon - will never, but never, be able to conquer a country which wants to control its own destiny" - Saadi Yacef
Powerful and still relevant
- The Battle of Algiers review by AK
Now nearly 50 years old, The Battle of Algiers remains an outstanding classic. Its portrayal of Algeria's attempt to achieve independence from its colonial master France is very powerful and the treatment meted out to Algerian freedom fighters is as shocking today as when it was made. Shot in black and white, the imagery, most particularly the scenes in the Casbah are absolutely outstanding and the subject matter continues to shock. In my opinion, the subject matter remains relevant today, given the treatment being meted out to refugees from Syria, and elsewhere, a reminder of how European powers have treated non-Europeans.
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Powerful and relevant thriller
- The Battle of Algiers review by JO
The Battle of Algiers is a powerful thriller about Algeria's struggle to become independent from its colonial ruler, France during the late 1950s. Film is very hard-hitting due to its grainy black and white documentary style. The film is told from the point of view of an illiterate Algerian, Ali de Pointe: the scenes depicting his racial prejudice by the French elicit our sympathy. Ennio Morricone's pounding score is a classic. The sequence in which three separate Algerian carry explosives through the Kasbah and past the French authorities is brilliantly constructed and Morricone's score generates edge-of-your-seat tension. Despite being 50 years old this film doesn't feel aged. It is very relevant today. Highly recommended.