The Battle of Algiers

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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... read more
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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.

Original Release

09/09/1966

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Cast

Directors

Gillo Pontecorvo

Writers

Gillo Pontecorvo, Franco Solinas

Cast

Producers

Fred Baker Executive Producer
Antonio Musu Producer
Yacef Saadi Producer
Fred Baker Producer

Editors

Mario Morra, Mario Serandrei

1969 Oscar Best Director Nominated
1969 Oscar Best Writing, Story and Screenplay - Written Directly for the Screen Nominated
1967 Oscar Best Foreign Language Film Nominated
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