Ennio Morricone

The Battle of Algiers

La battaglia di Algeri

A masterpiece of political cinema and a dazzling reconstruction of Algerian nationalist opposition to French occupation in the mid-50s.

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Algeria-Italy 1966
Dir Gillo Pontecorvo
With Jean Martin, Yacef Saadi, Brahim Hadjadj
121min
English subtitles
Digital
Certificate 15

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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