The Battle of Algiers

Full video provided in French; for English or other languages, go to captions and select your language. Fantastic movie of the anti-colonialist struggle for a free Algeria with excellent cinematography and writing.

Theatrical Poster for The Battle of Algiers

Theatrical Poster for The Battle of Algiers

Wiki Description: “The Battle of Algiers (Italian: La battaglia di Algeri; Arabic: معركة الجزائر‎; French: La Bataille d’Alger) is a 1966 war film based on occurrences during the Algerian War (1954–62) against The French Government in North Africa, the most prominent being the titular Battle of Algiers. An Italo-Algerian production, it was directed by Gillo Pontecorvo and shot on location. The film, which was shot in a Rosselini-inspired newsreel style – in black and white with documentary-type editing – is often associated with Italian neorealism cinema.

The film has been critically celebrated and often taken, by insurgent groups and states alike, as an important commentary on urban guerilla warfare. It occupies the 48th place on the Critics’ Top 250 Films of the 2012 Sight & Sound poll as well as 120th place on Empire magazine’s list of the 500 greatest movies of all time.

Algeria gained independence from the French, a matter which Pontecorvo portrays in the film’s epilogue. The film concentrates on the years between 1954 and 1957 when the guerrilla fighters regrouped and expanded into the Casbah, which was met by French paratroopers attempting to regain territory. The highly dramatic film is about the organization of a guerrilla movement and the methods used by the colonial power to contain it.

A subject of socio-political controversy, the film wasn’t screened for five years in France, where it was later released in 1971.

Supplemental reading and backstory: The Battle of Algiers and Its Lessons by Sheila K. Johnson

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