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The Battle of Algiers


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The Battle of Algiers 1966 15

121 mins Italy Director. Gillo Pontecorvo

Gillo Pontecorvo’s masterpiece about the turbulent last years of French colonial rule in Algeria, seen from the perspective of both the guerrilla revolutionaries and the French authorities.

Pontecorvo’s use of newsreel-style cinematography and emphasis on unbearably tense set-pieces result in a highly gripping and urgent drama that’s defiantly even-handed to both sides of the conflict. One of the most significant political films, to rank alongside Battleship Potemkin, the film continues to inspire and has been used as a morale-booster by both the Black Panther movement and the 2010 Algerian World Cup team.

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Directed by

Gillo Pontecorvo


Brahim Haggiag

Jean Martin

Yacef Sâadi




Oscars - Technical Awards Oscars - Best Foreign Language Film Oscars - Best Director Oscars - Best Original Screenplay Sight and Sound Greatest Films Poll


15 Contains some strong torture scenes and moderate violence







Production company

Igor Film

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