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The Battle of Algiers Criterion

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The Battle of Algiers | WAR MOVIE An account of the bloodiest revolution in modern history in The Battle of Algiers
The Kobal Collection

The Battle of Algiers

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
Unrated
Wide Release Date:
01/09/04
performer:
Brahim Haggiag, Jean Martin
director:
Gillo Pontecorvo
distributor:
Rialto Pictures
author:
Gillo Pontecorvo, Franco Solinas
genre:
Foreign Language, Drama

We gave it an A

In the summer of 2003, when it was becoming clear that the U.S. mission in Iraq wouldn’t be quick or easy, Pentagon officials attended a screening of The Battle of Algiers (1966, Not Rated, 2 hrs., 1 min.). Why? Because Gillo Pontecorvo’s vérité look at Algeria’s bloody battle for independence from France in the ’50s is both a how-to manual for guerrilla terrorism and a cautionary tale about how to fight it. It’s also quite possibly the finest war film ever made. Just out in a new Criterion Blu-ray edition, Algiers is a must-see movie…even if your home theater isn’t as sweet as the Pentagon’s. A

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