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The Battle of Algiers

Gillo Pontecorvo / Algeria - Italy / 1966 / 121 ' / Italian - French - Arabic / S.T. English

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Mario Morra & Mario Serandrei
Gillo Pontecorvo & Franco Solinas
Marcello Gatti
Ennio Morricone
Gillo Pontecorvo
Antonio Musu, Yacef Saadi & Fred Baker

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Awards & Festivals

1966 Winner, Venice Film Festival, FIPRESCI Prize
1966 Winner, Venice Film Festival, Golden Lion
1967 Winner, Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists, Best Cinematography, B/W
1967 Winner, Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists, Best Director
1967 Winner, Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists, Best Producer
1967 Nominated, Academy Awards, USA, Best Foreign Language Film
1968 Winner, Kinema Junpo Awards, Best Foreign Language Film
1969 Nominated, Academy Awards, USA, Best Writing, Story and Screenplay - Written Directly for the Screen
1969 Nominated, Academy Awards, USA, Best Director
1972 Winner. BAFTA Awards, UN Award

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THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS vividly re-creates the tumultuous Algerian struggle for independence from the occupying French in the 1950s.

Synopsis

The Battle of Algiers documents the Algerian struggle for independence from the occupying French in the 1950s. November 1, 1954, a message from the National Liberation Front launches The Battle of Algiers. As we follow the three-year history of the Battle, violence escalates on both sides. A harmless Arab worker is accused of killing a policeman and in retaliation the French place a bomb near his home in the Casbah, killing many innocent people. Three Arab women disguised as Europeans penetrate the heavily guarded French sector, wreaking havoc with bombs in two cafes and at the Air France office. Children shoot soldiers at point-blank range, and French soldiers resort to torture to break the will of the insurgents and systematically destroy the Algerian guerilla movement, cell by cell.

Used as a training film by the Black Panthers, THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS provides a powerful portrait of anti-colonial struggle and tactics in 1950s North Africa.

 

 

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