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a bad edition of a great film
, April 9, 2003
This review is from: Battle of Algiers [VHS] (VHS Tape)
This film dramatically portrays the Battle of Algiers during the Franco-Algierian war of the late 1950s and early 1960s. It very closely parallels real events and real attitudes (the Algerian decision to kill French civilians, the efforts to launch a general strike, the French military's disdain for the politicians in Paris).
Unfortunately, this film print is terrible. The images are grainy and often unclear. Even worse, the subtitles are in white typeface. Reading white subtitles against a white or black-and-white background is nearly impossible. If the viewer does not know French and Arabic, he will be lost for much of the film. Someone desparately needs to re-edit and re-issue this classic.
ADDED LATER: This movie is now available on DVD with improved subtitles and audio quality. I would highly recommend that version.
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