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.
The Battle of Algeria is a great film documenting the story of the struggle of freedom fighters who jump started the road to independence for the native people of Algeria. For years, Algerians were denied their own self identity under French colonial rule. The people were impoverished and lacked self confidence. A group of underground rebels wanted to change all that so they waged a guerrilla war against the French occupiers. Although the rebels were eventually crushed and wiped out, the people … more
Pros: Presentation, pacing, a narrative that can be timeless Cons: Nothing comes to mind The Bottom Line: The film is about an occupying force and the problems it causes. Watching it now is topical, but the film stands alone without the war in Iraq. Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie''s plot. Gillo Pontecorvo’s The Battle of Algiers is something rare. The … more