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battle of algiers
- kevin sellers
Hard to know whom to root for in this utterly gripping fictional film masking as a documentary account of Algerian independence from France. On the one hand you've got the French employing torture and brutality, personified by the cold, merciless tyrant, General Magtthieu, while on the other you've got the radical Arabs with their usual terrorism and intolerance toward Western life styles (i.e. killing anyone who smokes, drinks, or pays for sex)all symbolized by the fanatical thug Ali. In the end director Gilo Pontecorvo seems to come down, ever so slightly, on the side of the FLN Arab revolutionaries but it's a close call and I have a sneaking suspicion that this film will win no friends among the suicide bomber set. However, there is no denying the harrowing experience of watching this extremely realistic portrayal of urban violence, hatred, and repression (on both sides) Some of the scenes, like the multiple bombings of innocent civilians that Goetan properly cites as the most powerful in a slew of riveting sequences, leave you limp with anger and sorrow. By film's end you are emotionally exhausted. And the performances from Jean Martin and Brahim Haggiag as Matthieu and Ali respectively make you wonder why these two did not have bigger film careers. So, let's give this shockingly authentic war film an A. P.S.The only other Pontecorvo film I've seen is "Burn," an English language film with Brando, made right after "Algiers." Haven't seen it since it first came out, though, and I cannot remember whether or not I liked it. Maybe TCM can show it? Or maybe TCM Imports can show some of his Italian films and documentaries. Sure would like to see more of this great film maker's work.
VERY MUCH IN TIME WITH TODAY
- william gauslow
Was this Algerians versus the French ? Or Muslims versus Impierialism ? Or Muslims versus Christians ? It sure took France along time along to leave ? Formation of an independent functioning countries are still taking place. All this is portrayed in this tense black and white with objectivity. Congratulations !
The Battle of Algiers
A gripping, tense political thriller. Through the eyes of a young criminal, we see Algerians struggle for independence from the French. The gritty, black-and-white, documentary-style photography adds realism to the picture. The films most memorable scene has three women disguised as Europeans planting bombs at their checkpoints as teenagers and other innocents remain unsuspecting. Viewers will take from this movie based upon how they react to the film. I give it a 5/5.
the events of succeeding years only confirms the necessity of destroying mohammadism in all it't manifestations. they have nothing to do with freedom only the destruction of life.
34 Years ahead of its time [i.e. 9/11]!
A movie about islamic terrorist [including female bombers] attacking Western Hotels,Restaurants, and Airports 34 years before 9/11! A great, stark, bleak movie that the viewer will never forget. Controversial and thought-provoking. Should be required viewing!
The Battle of Algiers
This film was great if i was Algerian i would feel soo proud of this movie because it shows the fight the Algerian people gave for their independence in my view it is a true classic foreign film.
Amazingly relevant for our time
This movie is remarkable in that it looks and feels like a documentary, but it recreates the actual events. Its evenhandedness is extraordinary. It portrays the Algerian resistance as generally noble, but the camera does not flinch when it shows them performing despicable acts like bombing French restaurants. It is also treats the French authorities as competent men trying to balance the maintenance of order in Algiers with the wishes of an out-of-touch government 500 miles away. They say people in the Pentagon and the State Department are watching this movie for insight into the Muslim mind. If that's all they're doing, we're in trouble, but it's not a bad start.