The Battle of Algiers

The Battle of Algiers

Directed by Gillo Pontecorvo • 1966 • Algeria, Italy

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.

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The Battle of Algiers
  • The Battle of Algiers

    Directed by Gillo Pontecorvo • 1966 • Algeria, Italy

    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 escala...

Extras

  • Gillo Pontecorvo: The Dictatorship of Truth

    Presented by the late literary critic Edward Said, this 1992 documentary reflects on director Gillo Pontecorvo’s youth and politics in an attempt to understand his approach to filmmaking.

  • The Making of THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS

    In this 2004 documentary, Gillo Pontecorvo biographer Irene Bignardi, Pontecorvo, producer and actor Saadi Yacef, cinematographer Marcello Gatti, composer Ennio Morricone, actor Jean Martin, editor Mario Morra, and film critic Tullio Kezich recall the development, production, and controversial re...

  • Five Directors on THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS

    In this collection of interviews conducted in 2004, directors Spike Lee, Mira Nair, Julian Schnabel, Steven Soderbergh, and Oliver Stone discuss the influence, style, and importance of Gillo Pontecorvo’s film THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS.

  • Remembering History

    Made just three years after the end of the French-Algerian War (1954–1962), Gillo Pontecorvo’s THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS instantly ignited discussions of this complex historical period. Using the film as a point of reference, this 2004 documentary attempts to reconstruct the Algerian experience of th...

  • États d’armes

    This is an excerpt from “États d’armes,” the third part of Patrick Rotman’s 2002 documentary L’ENNEMI INTIME, which focuses on the tragedies of the French-Algerian War. Here, Rotman combines new interviews with members of the French military involved in the conflict and archival footage to explor...

  • THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS: A Case Study

    In 2004, ABC News’ Christopher Isham discusses the contemporary political relevance of THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS with Richard A. Clarke, former national coordinator for security and counterterrorism and the author of “Against All Enemies: Inside America’s War on Terror,” and Michael A. Sheehan, forme...

  • Return to Algiers

    Twenty-seven years after THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS’ release, director Gillo Pontecorvo returned to the city to speak to Algeria’s president, Mohamed Boudiaf, and its citizens. This 1992 television program combines footage from that visit with an interview conducted with Pontecorvo following his retur...

  • Theatrical Rerelease Trailer