The Battle of Algiers

The Battle of Algiers

A FILM BY: GILLO PONTECORVO
STARRING: BRAHIM HAGGIAG, JEAN MARTIN, SAADI YACEF

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Algiers, 1957: French paratroopers inch their way through the labyrinthine byways of the Casbah to zero in on the hideout of the last rebel still free in the city. Flashback three years earlier, as the Algerian National Liberation Front (FLN) decides on urban warfare. Thus begin the provocations, assassinations, hair-breadth escapes, and reprisals; Algerian women — disguised as chic Europeans — depositing bombs at a sidewalk café, a teenagers’ hang-out and an Air France office; and massive, surging crowd scenes unfolding with gripping realism.

Shot in the streets of Algiers, The Battle of Algiers vividly re-creates the tumultuous uprising against the occupying French in the 1950s. As the violence escalates on both sides, the French torture prisoners for information and the Algerians resort to terrorism in their quest for independence.

"MASTERPIECE! SURELY THE MOST HARROWING AND REALISTIC POLITICAL EPIC EVER!" 
- PHILLIP GOUREVITCH, THE NEW YORKER

"ASTONISHING! A political thriller of unmatched realism!"
- A.O. SCOTT, The New York Times

"A GREAT FILM...Everything about this film says it's real, it's happening now, it's important."
- KENNETH TURAN, Los Angeles Times

Technical Information

Production Year: 1966
Run Time: 121 mins
Format: DCP