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The Battle of Algiers


Brahim Hadjadj, Jean Martin, Yacef Saadi, Samia Kerbash View All


Franco Solinas (Writer), Gillo Pontecorvo (Director), Gillo Pontecorvo (Writer) View All

Release: Sep. 8th, 1966
Runtime: 2 hours, 1 minute
Tracing the struggle of the Algerian Front de Liberation Nationale to gain freedom from French colonial rule as seen through the eyes of Ali from his start as a petty thief to his rise to prominence in the organisation and capture by the French in 1957. The film traces the rebels' struggle and the increasingly extreme measures taken by the French government to quell the revolt.
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5 First review ever: The battle of Algiers
The battle of Algiers (1966); 121 min; 1:85:1 Genre: Drama/ War Directed by Gillo Pontecorvo Produced by Antonio Musu and Saadi Yacef Writed by Franco Solinas Story by Franco Solinas and Gillo Po...

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Also, despite the filmmaker's restrain in regards to the situation, I think the film succeeds in showing the unwanted effects of "Western colonization" in other cultures, and how the violence of the process (invasions, confiscations, eradication) will only breed more violence; but also that the hard....
Olivier Parent
The characters of Ali and the colonel are really well introduce, the scenario make sens throughout the movie but the best part of the scenario is by far the speech about freedom made by Ben M'hidi and the multiple thoughts of colonel Mathieu that I will let you discover by yourself.