Title: La Bataille d'Alger
Director: Gillo Pontecorvo (Italy)
Language: French (English Subtitles)
Duration: 121 minutes
Date: Thursday 14 November 2013
Time: 6 pm
Location: Mouawad Museum (Beirut, Lebanon)
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Various interviews with Pontecorvo and reviews of the Battle of Algiers (Click Here).
Synopsis: (From Wikipedia)
The Battle of Algiers is a 1966 film based on occurrences during the Algerian War (1954–62) against The French Government in North Africa, the most prominent being the titular Battle of Algiers. It was directed by Gillo Pontecorvo. The film has been critically celebrated and often taken, by insurgent groups and states alike, as an important commentary on urban guerilla warfare. It occupies the 120th place on Empire magazine′s list of the 500 greatest movies of all time.
Algeria was eventually liberated from the French, but Pontecorvo relegates that to an epilogue. He concentrates instead on the years between 1954 and 1957 when the guerrilla fighters regrouped and expanded into the casbah, only to face a systematic attempt by French paratroopers to wipe them out. His highly dramatic film is about the organization of a guerrilla movement and the methods used to annihilate it by the colonial power.
The film was banned for five years in France, where it was released cut in 1974