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The Battle of Algiers: The Criterion Collection [Blu-ray]
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Mathieu doesn't mess about. He takes control of the situation and tells his officers "to succumb to humane considerations only leads to hopeless chaos." Strategy dramatically changes as Mathieu methodically rounds up and tortures Algerians.Read more ›
Certainly The Battle of Algiers raises these questions, and more--more than most films in the history of cinema. However, what is truly striking about The Battle of Algiers is not the historical moment it attempts to recreate, nor the ethical questions it raises. The most striking thing about The Battle of Algiers is its cinematic achievements. Viewers who know nothing, and care even less, about Algerian political history or revolutions in general can marvel at the tense plotting and amazing visual of the film. Long before faux documentary became the rage, The Battle of Algiers takes a stark, black-and-white look at the world of Algerian resistance. In the extras we learn that the film was at one time proceeded by the warning that none of the footage was from documentaries or newsreels. Honestly, they could have fooled me. There's an immediacy to the presentation of this film that goes far beyond its "ripped from the headlines" story.
In fact, the immediacy of the visuals and the story go a long way towards deflating the expectations generated by decades of constant praise.Read more ›
The injustices forced upon the Algerians to live in poverty, unemployment, societal harassment, and unequal rights. Consequently, the Algerians begin to rise against the injustice, but the unequal military force drives the Algerian freedom fighters to exercise terrorism and other hideous acts of violence. This violence is fed by further aggression from the French police as it escalates the violence from both sides.
The story begins with a man being humanely treated after a rough bout of torture as persecuting soldiers blame the man for the excessive torture, as all he had to do was to tell them what they wanted to know. The tortured man has just revealed the whereabouts of a known terrorist and he is in emotional agony as he is aware of what he has just done. They dress the agonized man in a French camouflage uniform, and depart to capture the freedom fighter.
The freedom fighter, Ali La Pointe (Brahim Haggiag), hides in a secret room behind a wall with three others.Read more ›
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One of a kind film, depicting the events of the Algerian War from an important perspective. The viewer begins to understand the complexity of the situation that is still today a... Read morePublished 15 days ago by none
Excellent history documentary of the Algiers rebellion against the French. I lot of good interviews with the participants. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Albert Christensen
This is truly a great movie. Came on time & in very good condition, I am pleasedPublished 1 month ago by movie buff
Very prescient, given the events of last week. An excellent in-depth look at the nature of conflict in the modern world.Published 2 months ago by david
I am thinking of this film after last night's terrorist attacks in Paris. I first saw it in Paris, among Algerians, with a lecture afterward, under the watchful eye of gendarmess. Read morePublished 3 months ago by St. Leigh 2.0
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