The Battle of Algiers
directed by Gillo Pontecorvo, 1966
Directed by Gillo Pontecorvo, this 1966 film caused intense controversy on its initial release, and was banned in many Western countries. Since then, it has become an iconic film depicting the struggle of anticolonial revolt against imperial oppression in all its blood, sweat, and tragedy. It is the story of an Algerian man who rises up against the myriad quotidian repressions of life under French colonial rule to become a hero of the revolution. It is a beautiful movie, shot largely on-site in Algiers. It was nominated for Oscars in two separate years. Run time 121 min.
Olin LC 115, 6:30 P.M., Wed. 2/8