Battle of Algiers

Director:   Gillo Pontecorvo
Year:   1965
Language:   French and Arabic
Time:   117 minutes

Employs mock newsreel footage to graphically dramatize France's unsuccessful attempt to contain Algerian nationalism in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Winner of the Golden Lion at the 1966 Venice International Film Festival.

Not rated but contains strong scenes of violence.

Links

Review from the Washington Post

Review from the New York times

Audio file of NPR's All Things Considered feature after the re-release of Pontecorvo's film.

"What does the Pentagon see in 'Battle of Algiers'?"

"The Battle of Algiers and Its Lessons"

"How French Imperialism Was Defeated" from Workers Vanguard (publication of the International Communist League)