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also known as La battaglia di Algeri

The Battle of Algiers1966

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One of the most influential political films in history, THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS, by Gillo Pontecorvo, 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.

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Beautifully put together in a pseudo-documentary manner.literally a cast of thousands. Great camera work. Compelling historical narrative.

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Beautifully put together in a pseudo-documentary manner.literally a cast of thousands. Great camera work. Compelling historical narrative.

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Excellent. So beautifully realized, with a great sense of compassion. The tragedy of war and the cost of freedom are made palpable. Great cinematography.

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Cinema of Revolution! Essential and timeless.

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Notice: the reporter asks if the army uses torture, the colonel replies...we never use the word 'torture' we only 'interrogate' . Still????

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Brilliant in every way! One has to wonder if the DoD watched this film before invading Iraq in 2003, what the hell, did they fall asleep during the screening???

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wonderful beautiful powerful_i'm not a fan of muslims but this time i'm glad they won_i think people should be free _ & not slaves to a colonial power _too bad the US never figured this out_also the cinematography is great

Not a fan of Muslims? Please. I'm not a "fan" of Christians, or Jews either . But I am a fan of a representation of humans doing what they have to do to make the first step toward determining their own fate. First class cinema.

I really enjoyed this film. It was shot in such a way that it made you feel like you were actually watching the war take place. Very powerful music and moments captivated me and left me wanting more.