Film Screening: Battle of Algiers (1966)

October 23, 2008, 7:30PM

Bartos Theatre
20 Ames Street, Bldg. E15
Atrium level
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139

Battle of Algiers, directed by Gillo Pontecorvo, (Italy/Algeria, 1966, 121 min.)

One of the most influential political films in history, Gillo Pontecorvo’sThe Battle of Algiers (La bataille d’Alger) vividly recreates 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 in 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. - Criterion Collection

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