Battle of Algiers, The*

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Battle of Algiers, The*

  • 1966 ----- b & w ----- 121 min ----- dvd/vhs
  • Director Gillo Pontecorvo gives a documentary look to his reconstruction of the Algerian rebellion against the French between 1954 and 1957. Amidst elaborate stagings of riots, attacks on the rebels in the Casbah, bombings in the European sector of the city, Pontecorvo focuses on Ali, the FLN leader, and Colonel Mathieu, the methodical Frenchman who attempts to quell the rebel activity. Although the director clearly sides with the rebels, the film's unflinching depiction of terrorism and violence is a comment on the terrible force that history exerts over men.
    **DVD is restricted to University of Washington campuses only** (In French with English subtitles) (Restricted to classroom use only)
  • Topics: (Middle Eastern Studies, Motion Pictures: Features, Romance Languages and Literature)