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“The citizens of Algeria are fed up with the French occupation and take the war to the streets. A highly influential film from Gillo Pontecorvo.”
#5 of 10 from "War is hell" but it's very entertaining. My favorite war films. by
Battle of Algiers
The Battle of Algiers
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Filmed in a documentary style.

The movie is based upon Algeria's struggle for independence from France.

Gillo Pontecorvo's presents a harrowing, documentary-style depiction of the Algerian's people's struggle to liberate themselves from France between 1954 and 1962. The film creates a stunning illusion of realism by combining actual newsreel footage with staged sequences featuring amateur and professional actors playing characters based on real people (including Saadi Yacef, the one-time leader of the FLN in occupied Algiers). With it's depiction of political torture and violence retaining every bit of the impact they had upon the film's original release, THE BATTLE FOR ALGIERS was re-released theatrically in 2003 to great acclaim and reevaluation. Winner of 11 International Film awards.
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Director: Gillo Pontecorvo
Genre: Drama
Release Date: September 8, 1966
MPAA Rating: Unrated
DVD Release Date: October 12, 2004
Runtime: 121 minutes
Studio: Igor Films, Casbah Film
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