The Battle of Algiers

Dir: Gillo Pontecorvo
Cast: Brahim Hadjadj, Jean Martin, Yacef Saadi
125mins   1966   Italy | Algeria   15   Arabic | French | English    Subtitled   

Part of Robert's Genre Club

Paratrooper commander Colonel Mathieu, a former French Resistance fighter during World War II, is sent to 1950s Algeria to reinforce efforts to quash the uprisings of the Algerian War.

There he faces Ali la Pointe, a former petty criminal who, as the leader of the Algerian Front de Liberation Nationale, directs terror strategies against the colonial French government occupation. As each side resorts to ever-increasing brutality, no violent act is too unthinkable.

'he most important piece of political filmmaking since Battleship Potemkin' - David Parkinson, Empire


Wed 15 June