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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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.
Essential viewing experience for all. Key film of the sixties reflecting not just the political struggle in Algeria but the political consciousness of a generation. Film connects on so many levels and is still unfortanately totally relevant today. Pontecorvo's docu-style delivery here transports the viewer directly into the events unfolding. It reallly doesn't get much better. The music score is perfection.
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.