The Battle of Algiers

The Battle of Algiers

DVD - 1966 | French
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Dramatizes the harrowing events of 1957, a key year in Algeria's struggle for independence from France. Recreates the tumultuous Algerian uprising against the occupying French in the 1950s. As violence escalates on both sides, the French torture prisoners for information and the Algerians resort to terrorism in their quest for independence. Children shoot soldiers at point-blank range, women plant bombs in cafés. The French win the battle, but ultimately lose the war as the Algerian people demonstrate that they will no longer be suppressed.
Publisher: Irvington, NY : Criterion, 1966
ISBN: 9780780028876
Branch Call Number: BAT
Characteristics: 3 dvds (121 min.) : sd., col. ; 12 cm. + 1 booklet
Additional Contributors: Yacef, Saadi
Pontecorvo, Gillo
Alternative Title: Bataille d'Alger. [dvd]


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Jan 28, 2017

This film from 1966 was shot in black-and-white, in a documentary fashion. The realism is tangible, and the acting is good. With the resurgence of terrorism on a global basis, this old film is now more relevant than ever. A great watch for the serious film viewers. In French with subtitles.

Dec 16, 2016

A docudrama you'll never see on Lifetime: fast-moving, realistic, superbly shot, and icy cold. There is violence, but it mostly off-screen, and so well handled that you will think you saw much more than you actually did. There are no heroes or villains here; only actions and reactions. If it is a concern, this is a French film with subtitles (see video).

Jul 15, 2016

An amazing film - perfectly shot, and wonderfully acted (the extras for the frenzied crowds and the reactions to the situations of special note). The musical score is just phenomenal.

Worth purchasing and a wonderful addition to the criterion label.

Sep 12, 2012

Amazing movie. One of the best I've seen this year.

Apr 29, 2012

Fascinating and gripping, it is an unforgettable film. The DVD set is ruined, however, by a commentary that introduces the Algerians as part of "an Islamic front" that stretches across the southern reaches of Europe. This opening leads to a diatribe on the existential threat of Islamic terrorism, as if decades of brutal colonialism, of which Algeria is just one example, are whitewashed. The fact that this position is in direct conflict with the message of the film is lost on the commentators.

sit_walk Sep 29, 2009

Absolutely brilliant! An incredible soundtrack by Morricone, a moving and gripping story that feels like documentary, and some amazing crowd scenes. The Criterion edition comes with tons of interesting contextual stuff over two extra DVDs.

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