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Gillo Pontecorvo-La Battaglia di Algeri (1966)

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Gillo Pontecorvo-La Battaglia di Algeri (1966)

Gillo Pontecorvo-La Battaglia di Algeri (1966)
| 1441.1 MB | Runtime 2:01:33 | b/w |
Language : French / English / Arabic
Optional subtitles : English
Audio : AC3, 48000 Hz, 192 Kb/s, 1-ch
Video : XviD, 1410 Kb/s, 23.97 frm/s, 624x352 (16:9)

Gillo Pontecorvo-La Battaglia di Algeri (1966)

One of the most influential films in the history of political cinema, Gillo Pontecorvo’s The Battle of Algiers focuses on the harrowing events of 1957, a key year in Algeria’s struggle for independence from France. Shot in the streets of Algiers in documentary style, the film vividly recreates the tumultuous Algerian uprising against the occupying French in the 1950s. As violence escalates on both sides, the French torture prisoners for information and the Algerians resort to terrorism in their quest for independence. Children shoot soldiers at point-blank range, women plant bombs in cafés. The French win the battle, but ultimately lose the war as the Algerian people demonstrate that they will no longer be suppressed. Gillo Pontecorvo’s tour de force—is a film with astonishing relevance today. (-DVD cover)

Gillo Pontecorvo-La Battaglia di Algeri (1966)

Gillo Pontecorvo-La Battaglia di Algeri (1966)

Gillo Pontecorvo-La Battaglia di Algeri (1966)

A film commissioned by the Algerian government that shows the Algerian revolution from both sides. The French foreign legion has left Vietnam in defeat and has something to prove. The Algerians are seeking independence. The two clash. The torture used by the French is contrasted with the Algerian's use of bombs in soda shops. A look at war as a nasty thing that harms and sullies everyone who participates in it. (http://imdb.com/title/tt0058946/plotsummary)

Gillo Pontecorvo-La Battaglia di Algeri (1966)

Gillo Pontecorvo-La Battaglia di Algeri (1966)

Gillo Pontecorvo-La Battaglia di Algeri (1966)

Director Gillo Pontecorvo's 1966 movie The Battle of Algiers concerns the violent struggle in the late 1950s for Algerian independence from France, where the film was banned on its release for fear of creating civil disturbances. Certainly, the heady, insurrectionary mood of the film, enhanced by a relentlessly pulsating Ennio Morricone soundtrack, makes for an emotionally high temperature throughout. Decades later, the advent of the "war against terror" has only intensified the film's relevance. (www.amazon.com)

Gillo Pontecorvo-La Battaglia di Algeri (1966)

Gillo Pontecorvo-La Battaglia di Algeri (1966)

Gillo Pontecorvo-La Battaglia di Algeri (1966)

Shot in a gripping, quasi-documentary style, The Battle of Algiers uses a cast of untrained actors coupled with a stern voiceover. Initially, the film focuses on the conversion of young hoodlum Ali La Pointe (Brahim Haggiag) to F.L.N. (the Algerian Liberation Front). However, as a sequence of outrages and violent counter-terrorist measures ensue, it becomes clear that, as in Eisenstein's October, it is the Revolution itself that is the true star of the film. (www.amazon.com)

Gillo Pontecorvo-La Battaglia di Algeri (1966)

Gillo Pontecorvo-La Battaglia di Algeri (1966)

Gillo Pontecorvo-La Battaglia di Algeri (1966)

Pontecorvo balances cinematic tension with grimly acute political insight. He also manages an evenhandedness in depicting the adversaries. He doesn't flinch from demonstrating the civilian consequences of the F.L.N.'s bombings, while Colonel Mathieu, the French office brought in to quell the nationalists, is played by Jean Martin as a determined, shrewd, and, in his own way, honorable man. However, the closing scenes of the movie–a welter of smoke, teeming street demonstrations, and the pealing white noise of ululations–leaves the viewer both intellectually and emotionally convinced of the rightfulness of the liberation struggle. This is surely among a handful of the finest movies ever made. (www.amazon.com)

Gillo Pontecorvo-La Battaglia di Algeri (1966)

Gillo Pontecorvo-La Battaglia di Algeri (1966)

Gillo Pontecorvo-La Battaglia di Algeri (1966)




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