almost 5 years
This film makes you feel sympathy for some very bad people.
over 6 years
Momentous and important for its content, but very difficult to watch or rewatch.
One of the Great Movies
over 8 years
Pontecorvo bringing an unbiased view to this conflict. Felt like a documentary, so real!
almost 9 years
Probably well done, but I didn't enjoy the style or the story. not my thing.
The Battle of Algiers (Arabic: معركة الجزائر; French: La Bataille d'Alger; Italian: La battaglia di Algeri) is a 1966 war film based on occurrences during the Algerian War (1954–62) against French colonial occupation in North Africa, the most prominent being the titular Battle of Algiers. It was directed by Gillo Pontecorvo. The film has been critically celebrated and often taken, by insurgent groups and states alike, as an important commentary on urban guerilla warfare. It occupies the 120th place on Empire Magazine's list of the 500 greatest movies of all time. Algeria was eventually liberated from the French, but Pontecorvo relegates that to an epilogue. He concentrates instead on the years between 1954 and 1957 when the freedom fighters regrouped and expanded into the casbah, only to face a systematic attempt by French paratroopers to wipe them out. His highly dramatic film is about the organisation of a guerrilla movement and the methods used to annihilate it by the colonial...