The Battle of Algiers
La battaglia di Algeri
An electric portrayal of the Algerian struggle for independence in the 1950s.
Dir Gillo Pontecorvo
With Brahim Hadjadj, Jean Martin, Yacef Saadi
The Battle of Algiers is an electric portrayal of the Algerian struggle for independence in the 1950s, made with a cast of 150 non-professional actors on their own streets. This essential examination of (de)colonisation acted as a blueprint for grassroots resistance, and retains its arresting vitality today. It’s a vivid demonstration of cinema’s power to deconstruct authority.
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The Battle of Algiers restored in 4K and distributed by CultFilms
Digitally remastered in 4K and beautifully restored preserving the grainy, newsreel look that the director Gillo Pontecorvo designed, the restoration was made by the L’Immagine Ritrovata with the participation of the director’s son, cinematographer and director Marco Pontecorvo, in collaboration with CultFilms and was nominated for the Best Restored Version Award at the 2016 Venice Film Festival.