The Battle of Algiers: The Criterion Collection (2011) France
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Director:Gillo Pontecorvo
Studio:Criterion Collection
Writer:Gillo Pontecorvo, Franco Solinas
Date Added:2012-08-14
Picture Format:Anamorphic Widescreen
Aspect Ratio:1.77:1
Sound:PCM 1.0
Languages:Arabic, French
Features:Black and White, Special Edition
Gillo Pontecorvo  ...  (Director)
Gillo Pontecorvo, Franco Solinas  ...  (Writer)
Brahim Haggiag  ...  
Jean Martin  ...  
Saadi Yacef  ...  
Samia Kerbash  ...  
Fusia El Kader  ...  
Summary: One of the most influential political films in history, "The Battle of Algiers", by Gillo Pontecorvo ("Kapò"), vividly re-creates a key year in the tumultuous Algerian struggle for independence from the occupying French in the 1950s. As violence escalates on both sides, children shoot soldiers at point-blank range, women plant bombs in cafés, and French soldiers resort to torture to break the will of the insurgents. Shot on the streets of Algiers in documentary style, the film is a case study in modern warfare, with its terrorist attacks and the brutal techniques used to combat them. Pontecorvo’s tour de force has astonishing relevance today.