Tracing the struggle of the Algerian Front de Liberation Nationale to gain freedom from French colonial rule as seen through the eyes of Ali. From his start as a petty thief to his rise to prominence in the organisation and capture by the French in 1957.
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No other political documentary in the last 40 years bears the same power to move you. An absolute pinnacle of cinema made strategically for social change. Ali La Pointe (Brahim Haggiag), Colonel Mathieu (Jean Martin), El-hadi Jaffar (Saadi Yacef) put me in Algiers in 1960s and made me more aware of many struggles happening in the world today.
Having watched this back-to-back with "Zero Dark Thirty", Pontecorvo's fierce opus from 46 years earlier proved to be more prophetic, even-handed and relevant than Bigelow's hollow award winner. Col. Mathieu's incisive and slippery lines still resonate loudly today.
A European country invades and subjects another country to decades of violence and people are concerned with citizens of Algeria being shown as too noble? Fucking absurd man. This obsession with even-handedness and neutrality never serves to help or defend people who need help the most.
One of my favourite films of al time,and still relevant today.Not only a realistic portrayal of public protest and how,through actual events,the public was treated,it is a good thriller.
Moving,gripping,educational,even handed.Yet banned in France for 5 years.
A hallmark of world political cinema, it also works as a smart and tightly-plotted thriller. The authentic locations and highly influential documentary-style filmmaking create a bristling realism, though it could have been more effective if it focused more on characters than on politics. Great score by Ennio Morricone.
An unbelieveable film that seems even more relevant now. To think that this film was made almost forty years is a complete surprise because the first time i saw it i was floored by how significant to this era it really is. An absolute must see film for every generation.