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Director: Gillo Pontecorvo
Main cast: Brahim Haggiag, Jean Martin, Yacef Saadi, Samia Kerbash, Ugo Paletti, Fusia El Kader, Omar
Synopsis: The revolt that stirred the world! One of the most influential films in the history of political cinema, commissioned bvy the Algerian government, Gillo Pontecorvos The Battle of Algiers focuses on the harrowing events of 1957, a key year in Algerias struggle for independence from France. Shot in the streets of Algiers in documentary style, the film vividly recreates the tumultuous Algerian uprising against the occupying French in the 1950s. As violence escalates on both sides, the French torture prisoners for information and the Algerians resort to terrorism in their quest for independence. Children shoot soldiers at point-blank range, women plant bombs in cafes. The French win the battle, but ultimately lose the war as the Algerian people demonstrate that they will no longer be suppressed. The Criterion Collection is proud present Gillo Pontecorvos tour de forcea film with astonishing relevance today.
Year: 1965
Format: DVD

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New high-definition digital transfer
Gillo Pontecorvo: The Dictatorship of Truth, a documentary
Marxist Poetry: The Making of "The Battle of Algiers," a documentary
Interviews with Spike Lee, Mira Nair, Julian Schnabel, Steven Soderbergh & more
Remembering History, a documentary reconstructing the Algerian experience
"Etats d'armes," a documentary excerpt featuring senior French military officers
"The Battle of Algiers": A Case Study, a video piece
Gillo Pontecorvo's Return to Algiers, a documentary
Production gallery
Theatrical and re-release trailers
New English subtitle translation
PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by film scholar Peter Matthews and more
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