The Battle of Algiers
La battaglia di Algeri
A dazzling depiction of events in Algiers during the French occupation in the 1950s.
Dir Gillo Pontecorvo
With Jean Martin, Yacef Saadi, Brahim Hadjadj
In Pontecorvo’s dazzling reconstruction of Algerian nationalist opposition to the French occupation in the mid-1950s, guerrilla fighters venture from the Casbah to attack the colonial new city – and meet with brutal reprisals. Pontecorvo collaborated closely with Morricone, who used a multitude of sound effects and different motifs to distinguish between the French and Algerian forces. A masterpiece of political cinema.
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