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La Bataille d'Alger = The Battle of Algiers

Author: Gillo PontecorvoFranco SolinasBrahim HaggiagJean MartinYacef SaadiAll authors
Publisher: Irvington, N.Y. : Criterion Collection, ©2004.
Series: Criterion collection, 249.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : French : Special edView all editions and formats
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Dramatizes the harrowing events of 1957, a key year in Algeria's struggle for independence from France. Recreates the tumultuous Algerian uprising against the occupying French in the 1950s. As violence escalates on both sides, the French torture prisoners for information and the Algerians resort to terrorism in their quest for independence. Children shoot soldiers at point-blank range, women plant bombs in cafés.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: French Language Films
Arabic Language Films
War films
Historical films
Feature films
Foreign films
Foreign language films
Fiction films
Historical
War
Drama
History
Feature
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Gillo Pontecorvo; Franco Solinas; Brahim Haggiag; Jean Martin; Yacef Saadi; Samia Kerbash; Ugo Paletti; M Gatti; Ennio Morricone; Casbah Films.; Igor Film.; Criterion Collection (Firm)
ISBN: 0780028872 9780780028876
OCLC Number: 55859304
Language Note: French and Arabic dialogue, optional English subtitles.
Notes: Originally released as a motion picture in 1966.
Based on: Souvenirs de la Bataille d'Alger / Saadi Yacef.
Special features: Disc 1: theatrical and re-release trailers; production gallery. Disc 2: "Gillo Pontecorvo: the dictatorship of truth," a 37 min. documentary made in 1992 about Pontecorvo; The making of The battle of Algiers (51 min.); Spike Lee, Mira Nair, Julian Schnabel, Steven Soderbergh, and Oliver Stone discuss the film (17 min.). Disc 3: "Remembering history," a 69 min. documentary about the Algerian Revolution; "États d'armes," 28 min. of excerpts from Patrick Rotman's 3-part documentary, L'Ennemi Intime, which focuses on the horror of the Revolution; "The battle of Algiers, a case study" a 25 min. conversation about the contemporary relevance of The battle of Algiers between former National Coordinator for Security and Counterterrorism Richard A. Clarke, former State Department Coordinator for Counterterrorism, Michael A. Sheehan, and Chief of Investigative Projects for ABC News, Christopher E. Isham; "Gillo Pontecorvo's Return to Algiers" (1992) (58 min.).
Accompanying booklet includes an essay by film scholar Peter Matthews; a reprinted interview with writer Franco Solinas; and brief biographies on the key figures in the French-Algerian War.
Credits: Director of photography, Marcello Gatti ; editors, Mario Serandrei & Mario Morra ; music, Ennio Morricone & Gillo Pontecorvo ; production designer, Sergio Canevari.
Cast: Brahim Haggiag, Jean Martin, Saadi Yacef, Samia Kerbash, Ugo Paletti, Fusia El Kader, Omar.
Awards: Venice Film Festive, Golden Lion, 1966; International Film Critics Award, 1966; City of Venice Award, 1966.
Description: 3 videodiscs (121 min.) : sound, black and white and color ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (55 pages ; 19 cm).
Details: DVD format, region 1, widescreen (1.85:1) presentation, Dolby Digital 1.0 mono.
Contents: disc. 1. The battle of Algiers (121 min.) --
disc. 2. Pontecorvo and the film --
disc. 3. The film and history.
Series Title: Criterion collection, 249.
Other Titles: Battaglia di Algeri (Motion picture)
Battle of Algiers
Responsibility: un film de Gillo Pontecorvo ; scénario de Franco Solinas ; production Casbah Films, Igor Film ; produit par Yacef Saadi.
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Dramatizes the harrowing events of 1957, a key year in Algeria's struggle for independence from France. Recreates the tumultuous Algerian uprising against the occupying French in the 1950s. As violence escalates on both sides, the French torture prisoners for information and the Algerians resort to terrorism in their quest for independence. Children shoot soldiers at point-blank range, women plant bombs in cafés. The French win the battle, but ultimately lose the war as the Algerian people demonstrate that they will no longer be suppressed.

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