Battle of Algiers (The)

  • La Bataille d'Alger
Genre : War
Type : Fiction
Original title : La Battaglia di Algeri
Principal country concerned : Column : Cinema/tv
Year of production : 1966
Format : Feature
Running time : 121 (in minutes)
Film Black & white

The film tells the story of the battle to control Algiers in 1957. Algiers, 1957: The "National Liberation Front"in Algeria arms for resistance to the French colonial rule. While small-time criminal Ali la Pointe ascends to the leader of the Kasbah guerillas in Algiers, the measures of the french troops led by Colonel Mathieu become more drastic. Gillo Pontecorvos movie is a charge filmed in documentary-style realism. It shows the most important events of the Algerian war. Using amateur actors, Pontecorvos hard-edged black-and-white film refuses a taking of sides or a glorification of war. Italy/Algeria 1966 Director: Gillo Pontecorvo 121 min, DCP, OmeU Golden Lion at Venice Film Festival 1966.


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