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The Battle Of Algiers (Special Edition) [DVD] [1965]

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  • Actors: Brahim Haggiag, Jean Martin, Saadi Yacef
  • Directors: Gillo Pontecorvo
  • Format: Dolby, PAL
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Argent Films
  • DVD Release Date: 31 Aug. 2009
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 73 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B000PE0JBG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,373 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Digitally RE-MASTERED IN HIGH DEFINITION from restored archive elements approved by the filmmakers, this all-time classic release of `The Battle Of Algiers` also commemorates the 50th anniversary of Algerian independence. This new HD version includes some previously unseen footage, making this the most complete edition ever anywhere. THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS tells the story of the life-and-death struggle between the French colonial government of Algeria and the Algerian Liberation Front, the FLN, who wanted the French out and were willing to set off bombs to do it. The French sent in their elite Paratroopers with the order to use Any Means to break the insurgent torture included. It s a true story, done on location with many of the FLN appearing in it, including the producer who was an FLN leader. This film is a passionate yet completely impartial record of struggle which led to Algeria s Independence. SPECIAL FEATURES - EXCLUSIVE PRESENTATION & INTERVIEW WITH DIRECTOR KEN LOACH - EXCLUSIVE PRESENTATION BY DIRECTOR PAUL GREENGRASS(Bourne films) `BOA IS THE FILM THAT S INFLUENCED ME MORE THAN ANY OTHER..` P Greengrass - THE MAKING OF THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS An exclusive interview with Director Gillo Pontecorvo - THE REAL BATTLE OF ALGIERS Interview with Producer & protagonist SAADI YACEF, head of FLN guerrillas - OUR WAR FOR FREEDOM Interview with FLN fighter ZOHRA DRIF BITAT (the Milk Bar bomber portrayed in the film) - PHOTO GALLERIES From filmmaker`s personal archives - FILM TRAILERS Theatrical and Argent Trailer - ALSO INCLUDED A SPECIAL BOOKLET `ITALIANS IN ALGIERS` An essay by author-scholar David Forgacs, Professor at NYU, on the remarkable genesis of the film and how it was shaped by both the award winning Italian filmmakers and its ex-guerrilla Algerian producer, whose memoir the film is based on.


Director Gillo Pontecorvo's 1966 movie The Battle of Algiers concerns the violent struggle in the late 1950s for Algerian independence from France, where the film was banned on its release for fear of creating civil disturbances. Certainly, the heady, insurrectionary mood of the film, enhanced by a relentlessly pulsating Ennio Morricone soundtrack, makes for an emotionally high temperature throughout. With the advent of the "war against terror" in recent years, the film's relevance has only intensified.

Shot in a gripping, quasi-documentary style, The Battle of Algiers uses a cast of untrained actors coupled with a stern voiceover. Initially, the film focuses on the conversion of young hoodlum Ali La Pointe (Brahim Haggiag) to FLN (the Algerian Liberation Front.) However, as a sequence of outrages and violent counter-terrorist measures ensue, it becomes clear that, as in Eisenstein's October, it is the Revolution itself that is the true star of the film.

Pontecorvo balances cinematic tension with grimly acute political insight. He also manages an even-handedness in depicting the adversaries. He doesn't flinch from demonstrating the civilian consequences of the FLN's bombings, while Colonel Mathieu, the French office brought in to quell the nationalists, is played by Jean Martin as determined, shrewd and, in his own way, honourable man. However, the closing scenes of the movie--a welter of smoke, teeming street demonstrations and the pealing white noise of ululations--leaves the viewer both intellectually and emotionally convinced of the rightfulness of the liberation struggle. This is surely among a fistful of the finest movies ever made. --David Stubbs --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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