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 Creating not only a forceful historical document, but also a timeless story of the cruelty of humans to impose their will on others, and the inevitable resistance faced.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.
If Griffith hadn't already used the title, Pontecorvo would have liked to call this masterpiece The Birth of a Nation because essentially that's what it is; a semi-documentary reconstruction of the events leading up to Algerian liberation. The film is fair to both sides in the conflict but is nevertheless on the side of the guerillas and the presentation of the facts, as well as the incidents of battle, is masterly..