13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars
A lesson for posterity, 4 Feb 2004
The classic anti-colonial film. A fast-paced portrayal of the spitral of violence in the late 1950's and early 1960's that led France to pull out of its Algerian colony.
Encapsulating the terrorist maxim that an act of terror will draw out a state reaction of greater brutality which will therefore justify in the eyes of the people a new terroristic outrage, Pontecorvo manages to convey the brutality of the terrorist as well as that of the state.
It follows the story of Ali La Pointe, an Algiers street tough whose sense of brutalisation and alienation from the French settlers and authorities convinces him of the need to join a national liberation movement with no other option but to kill and maim.
A film that invites the viewer into making uncomfortable moral judgements.