Gillo Pontecorvo’s highly acclaimed masterpiece THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS is regarded as one of modern cinema’s finest achievements.
Shot documentary style, in newsreel quality, THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS is an extremely powerful, deeply moving and often shocking cinematic experience, which recreates the 1954 to 1962 Franco-Algerian conflict with remarkable authenticity.
The Algerian National Liberation Front (FLN) began a war of liberation, using terrorism against French nationals. In response to the escalating violence in Algiers, France sent paratroopers to crush the uprising with whatever force necessary. Atrocities were committed by both sides.
As powerful today as it was on it’s original release THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS is, perhaps, even more relevant in today’s global political climate than ever before.
“ONE OF THE MOST REMARKABLE FILMS OF ALL TIME” The Observer
“ELECRIFYING. A MASTERPIECE OF WORLD CINEMA.. A NAIL-BITER”★★★ ★ ★ Empire
“SCRUPULOUSLY EVEN-HANDED. FRENCH TROOPS TORTURE, ARAB GUERRILLAS BOMB CAFES, BUT NEITHER SIDE IS PAINTED AS BAD GUYS, OR HEROES – JUST HUMAN”★ ★★ ★ ★ Uncut
“SUPERB AND UNRIVALLED”★ ★★ ★ ★ Time Out
“HOW TO WIN BATTLE AGAINST TERRORISM AND LOSE THE WAR OF IDEAS.. CHILDREN SHOOT SOLDIERS AT POINT BLANK RANGE. WOMEN PLANT BOMBS IN CAFÉS. SOUNDS FAMILIAR? …
Pentagon flyer for their in-house screening of BATTLE OF ALGIERS
“NEVER EQUALLED.. IT HAS NEVER BEEN SO RELEVANT EITHER” Evening Standard
“ONE OF THE TEN GREATEST FILMS OF ALL-TIME” Sight & Sound filmmakers poll
“..ECHOES OF IRAQ TODAY ARE STRIKING AS THE AUTHORITIES DENOUNCE TERROR WHILE PRACTISING IT THEMSELVES” ★ ★★ ★ ★ Daily Mail
“THE MOST IMPORTANT PIECE OF POLITICAL FILMMAKING SINCE BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN”
★ ★★ ★ ★ Empire
“ALGERIA’S AGONY MADE A CINEMA MASTERPIECE”★ ★★ ★ ★ Daily Mail