The Battle of Algiers The Battle of Algiers

The Battle of Algiers

Gillo Pontecorvo

 
The Battle of Algiers  (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • Italy
  • 1966
  • 121 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.85:1
  • French, Arabic
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  • Spine #249

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.

Cast

Ali La PointeBrahim Haggiag
Colonel MathieuJean Martin
El-hadi JaffarSaadi Yacef
FatihaSamia Kerbash
HassibaFusia El Kader
The captainUgo Paletti
Petit OmarMohamed Ben Kassen

Credits

DirectorGillo Pontecorvo
ScreenplayGillo Pontecorvo and Franco Solinas
ProducerSaadi Yacef and Antonio Musu
CinematographyMarcello Gatti
CameramanSilvano Mancini
MusicEnnio Morricone and Gillo Pontecorvo
Musical directionBruno Nicolai
EditingMario Morra and Mario Serandrei
Assistant directorMoussa Haddad and Fernando Morandi
Second unit directorGiuliano Montaldo
Production designSergio Canevari
Special effectsAldo Gasparri
MakeupMaurizio Giustini
SoundOmar Bouksani
CostumesGiovanni Axerio

Disc Features

  • New high-definition digital transfer, supervised by director of photography Marcello Gatti, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Gillo Pontecorvo: The Dictatorship of Truth, a documentary narrated by literary critic Edward Said
  • Marxist Poetry: The Making of “The Battle of Algiers,” a documentary featuring interviews with Pontecorvo, Gatti, composer Ennio Morricone, and others
  • Interviews with Spike Lee, Mira Nair, Julian Schnabel, Steven Soderbergh, and Oliver Stone on the film’s influence, style, and importance
  • Remembering History, a documentary reconstructing the Algerian experience of the battle for independence
  • “États d’armes,” a documentary excerpt featuring senior French military officers recalling the use of torture and execution to combat the Algerian rebellion
  • “The Battle of Algiers”: A Case Study, a video piece featuring U.S. counterterrorism experts
  • Gillo Pontecorvo’s Return to Algiers, a documentary in which the filmmaker revisits the country after three decades of independence
  • Production gallery
  • Theatrical and rerelease trailers
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by film scholar Peter Matthews, excerpts from Algeria’s National Liberation Front leader Saadi Yacef’s original account of his arrest, excerpts from the film’s screenplay, a reprinted interview with cowriter Franco Solinas, and biographical sketches of key figures in the French-Algerian War

    New cover by Neil Kellerhouse

Film Essays

The Battle of Algiers: Bombs and Boomerangs

By Peter MatthewsAugust 09, 2011

Legend has it that an American moneyman agreed to finance Vittorio DeSica’s 1948 neorealist . . . Read more »

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Film Essays

The Battle of Algiers: Bombs and Boomerangs

By Peter MatthewsAugust 09, 2011

Legend has it that an American moneyman agreed to finance Vittorio DeSica’s 1948 neorealist . . . Read more »


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May 20, 2010

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