a 6-star film. this film show how to make film about a social struggle. this film reflects only truths. No disinformation, no glorification of the war, there is just only struggle. With come and see(klimov), the battle of algiers is most important 'war' film.
With its crew of non-professional actors, a mostly non-professional troupe, ruled by that "dictatorship of truth" that encompasses both the necessity of realistic documentation and the philosophical representation of the independence struggle, this film proves capable of portraying the birth of a nation at the same time as providing a lucid critique of colonialism and of any form of political and social oppression.
This is just one of those films that open-palms you in the throat and leaves you gasping for air, then kicks your perceptions while they're in the fetal position on the ground recovering. Viscerally and politically audacious with a firm, opinionated, but worldly view of the human condition. That it is iconoclastic precisely because it doesn't pander is equally bold and frightening.
A dramatically intense film, arrestingly shot in the newsreel style. The film not only delivers fantastic historical accuracy, but questions the ethical dilemmas of colonialism. An issue just as relevant and topical today as the day it was shot.
A perfect fusion of political persuasion, and artistic form. Creating not only a forceful historical document, but also a timeless story of the cruelty of humans to impose their will on others, and the inevitable resistance faced. This is not propaganda though. Terrorism is still terrorism even if it is committed by the oppressed as clear demarcations of good and evil are blurred by senseless violence.
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.
Más dura y áspera que "Kapo". Pontecorvo inicia con una escena dramática y perturbadora para luego introducirnos a otra igual de memorable. El asalto militar a una barriada es casi épico. Lo que sigue es una sucesión de secuencias desagradables. El suspenso y la tragedia se confunden en esta ágil historia que no posee bando de los buenos. Un ejemplo sobre el colonialismo y la revolución en su modalidad más lamentable
This movie can maintain its neutrality between French and Algerian, though this movie surely shows how hard was the struggles of the FLN (National Liberation Front); from convincing the Algerians to fighting back the French army. The reverberating-yet-steady music arrangement and the lovely cinematography makes this movie feels real and natural. Wonderful.