The Battle of Algiers

Military experts at the Pentagon agree: mandatory viewing

The Battle of Algiers
This Algerian/Italian film is about the guerilla war fought in the city of Algiers in the late 1950s between the local population and the French occupiers. But it's also a timeless film about terrorism and foreign occupation, two constants of history. The politics of terrorism are not black-and-white, they are both black and white, and every shade in-between.

The protagonist, Ali (Brahim Haggiag), rose from street hood to the highest level of the FLN, the National Liberation Front. A French colonel (Jean Martin) gives an essential primer on the structure of terrorist organizations.

The film embraces neorealist aesthetics such as handheld photography and untrained, local actors. These decisions may have been financial, but they also make the movie more effective. It puts you among the crowds, and you feel very present in the action. But Ennio Morricone's expressive music reminds you this is a dramatic film, and not a documentary. (M. Mapes, Movie Habit)
(Screening made possible by ACE fees.)

The Battle of Algiers

Free show!

Co-promoted by Present Tense Film Soiree Series

Sun October 2, 2005, 7:00 only, Muenzinger Auditorium

117min, Algeria, 1965, in French w/English subtitles, Unrated, B&W



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