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The Battle of Algiers

The Battle of Algiers

Original Title: La battaglia di Algeri
Director: Gillo Pontecorvo
Italy, Algeria | Arabic, French
1966 | 121min. | Black & White
Subtitles: English
Format: 35mm
12+
Director Gillo Pontecorvo’s greatest film, searing documentary-style retelling of the tough, grinding and tragic struggle for Algerian independence, is a groundbreaking neorelist epic narrative about war that convinces viewers they are watching the real thing. We are plunged into a key year in the tumultuous campaign against the occupying French in the 1950s. Violence is escalating on both sides, children are shooting soldiers at point-blank range, women are planting and carrying out bomb attacks in cafés, and French soldiers use torture to break the will of insurgents. Although the director’s sympathies with the resistance are never in doubt, the film is stunningly tough-minded and fair.

The largely nonprofessional cast brings a degree of authenticity to the film’s shocking power – especially revolutionary hero Saadi Yacef, who plays the character of a guerilla leader very close to his actual role in the war. He also co-produced the film, which was based on his memoirs of coordinating an insurgent movement while on the run – at one point he was imprisoned and condemned to death. Ultimately he was able to return and witness the Algerian people win the war.

Shot on the streets of Algiers in 1965, this is a chilling study of modern warfare, with its terrorist attacks and the brutal techniques used to combat them. No other film comes this close to re-creating a struggle for independence, and the work by Gillo Pontecorvo and Saadi Yacef has astonishing relevance today.

– Mohammad Khawaja

Director,  Gillo Pontecorvo

Director,  Gillo Pontecorvo

Gillo Pontecorvo was born in Pisa, Italy. He was a director, screenwriter and composer, known for highly political work shot in developing-world locations. His most prominent and influential film, The Battle of Algiers, won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival and brought him an Academy Award nomination for best director. His other films include Kapò (1960) and Burn! (1969).

Cast and Crew

Director
Gillo Pontecorvo
Cast
Brahim Hadjadj, Jean Martin,Saadi Yacef Samia Kerbash, Fusia El Kader, Ugo Paletti, Mohamed Ben Kassen, Moussa Haddad, Latafi Ahmed, Larbi Zekkal
Production Company
Igor Film, Casbah Film
Music
Ennio Morricone, Gillo Pontecorvo
Producer
Saadi Yacef, Antonio Musu
Screenwriter
Gillo Pontecorvo, Franco Solinas
Editor
Mario Morra, Mario Serandrei
Cinematographer
Marcello Gatti
Art Director
Sergio Canevari
Sound
Omar Bouksani
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