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The Battle of Algiers

Criterion Collection

DVD | Box Set

4.5 out of 5 stars 238 customer reviews
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Editorial Reviews

One of the most influential political films in history, The Battle of Algiers, by Gillo Pontecorvo, vividly re-creates a key year in the tumultuous Algerian struggle for independence from the occupying French in the 1950s. As violence escalates on both sides, children shoot soldiers at point-blank range, women plant bombs in cafés, and French soldiers resort to torture to break the will of the insurgents. Shot on the streets of Algiers in documentary style, the film is a case study in modern warfare, with its terrorist attacks and the brutal techniques used to combat them. Pontecorvo’s tour de force has astonishing relevance today.


Special features

  • New high-definition digital transfer
  • Gillo Pontecorvo: The Dictatorship of Truth, a documentary
  • Marxist Poetry: The Making of "The Battle of Algiers," a documentary
  • Interviews with Spike Lee, Mira Nair, Julian Schnabel, Steven Soderbergh & more
  • Remembering History, a documentary reconstructing the Algerian experience
  • "Etats d'armes," a documentary excerpt featuring senior French military officers
  • "The Battle of Algiers": A Case Study, a video piece
  • Gillo Pontecorvo's Return to Algiers, a documentary
  • Production gallery
  • Theatrical and re-release trailers
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by film scholar Peter Matthews and more

  • Product details

    • Actors: Brahim Haggiag, Jean Martin, Saadi Yacef
    • Directors: Gillo Pontecorvo
    • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Black & White, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
    • Language: French, Arabic
    • Subtitles: English
    • Dubbed: Arabic
    • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
    • Number of discs: 3
    • Rated:
      NR
      Not Rated
    • Studio: Criterion Collection
    • DVD Release Date: September 3, 2013
    • Run Time: 121 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 238 customer reviews
    • ASIN: B00DHN8G3U
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,129 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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