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Crisis in France

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Episode 2: A Question of Conscience
The spread of the National Liberation
Front s (FLN s) terrorism campaign in
the main urban centers escalated the
conflict to a full-scale war.


Episode 3: I Understand You
Covers the triumphant return of Charles
de Gaulle to power, who quickly moved
towards French disengagement.

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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Military Heritage Institute
  • DVD Release Date: August 9, 2011
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004YQXBM0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #170,359 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This is the second part of a three-DVD documentary covering the French war in Algeria in the 1950s and 1960s. The one covers the events related to the army causing the fall of the French government and its replacement by a government led by De Gaulle. Its excellent in showing the weak and divided nature of the French government in that era. Its good at showing how the strength of the army grew through the war to be enough to challenge the state itself (and win).

Its also good at making the point that a complete military victory in the war would still not "win" the war for France. That there was really was ultimately no battlefield solution to the war other than to keep fighting it forever at the cost of military and economy decay in France as a whole. They do a good job in showing how well France did in terms of fighting the war and how generally effective their strategies were. But as well how those strategies could led to no better than a stalement.

The writing of the series is excellent. They also managed to interview a great many of the participants on both sides. All around, very interesting history.
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Since this title looked suspiciously familiar, I did a little research and found that this is a re-issue of the excellent "La Guerre d' Algerie," by directors Yves Courriere and Phillippe Monnier. It was released in France in March 1972 and later released to English speaking viewers in 1975. It has been re-released a few more times since and I recall watching portions of this excellent documentary on a PBS channel in the late 1980s. The original was 4 hours and 40 minutes long, but this version is divided into four sets, each with three DVDs ranging between 104 and 150 minutes of viewing time. As I recall, it provides not only a history of the conflict, but its origins, and shows contemporary news footage of the conflict as well as interviews from the various participants, journalists who covered this conflict, and political advisors of the time from the Algerian National Liberation Front (FLN) to the office of French President De Gaulle.

The documentary was originally released only 10 years after the end of the war when the conflict was still fresh on the minds of both the French and the Algerians as well as other participants. According to the IMBd, "cobblestones were thrown at the façade of the Saint-Séverin Cinema as a screening of "La guerre d'Algérie" took place in Paris on 22nd October 1971". The war still has a bitter impact on both countries to this day. It was not until 1999 that the Algerian War was allowed to be taught in French public schools.

This whole tragedy might possibly had been averted as late as only five years before the war had France recognized the Algerians as French citizens and bestowed all the rights of citizenship.
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THE ALGERIAN WAR WAS NOT ONLY FOUGHT IN ALGERIA BUT ALSO IN FRANCE. THE CONFLICT FOSTERED AN ATTEMPTED COUP BY THE FRENCH FOREIGN LEGION AND POLITICS GOT NASTY FOR MANY FRENCH POLITICIANS..
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