The Battle of Algiers

The Battle of Algiers

Algeria | 1966 | 121 min. | Gillo Pontecorvo

January 18, 2022

A history of the three-year Battle of Algiers, chronicling the escalating terrorism and violence between French military forces and the Algerian guerrilla movement.

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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.

  • Director: Gillo Pontecorvo
  • Principal Cast: Brahim Haggiag, Jean Martin, Saadi Yacef, Samia Kerbash
  • Country: Algeria
  • Year: 1966
  • Running Time: 121 min.
  • Producer: Antonio Musu, Yacef Saadi
  • Screenplay: Gillo Pontecorvo, Franco Solinas
  • Cinematographers: Marcello Gatti
  • Editors: Mario Morra, Marion Serandrei
  • Music: Ennio Morricone, Gillo Pontecorvo
  • Language: Arabic, French, English
  • Has Subtitles: Yes