May possibly be the most impressive film I've ever watched. Pontecorvo, while not included in the Pantheon of Greats, made a movie that outstripped their accolades. Poetic visuals, editing, and performances. How the hell did he orchestrate such large crowds to create such convincing energy?
Perhaps one of the greatest war films ever made, marked by its commitment to realism and even-handedness (at least as far as it can). A technical triumph, genuinely educational, detached and full of sorrow, paced with the momentum of a modern thriller and demonstrating, if ever we needed reminding, of the repetitive and intractable nature of today's conflicts.
Fast unterkühlt und distanziert sieht der Regisseur den Geschehnissen zu und simuliert auf beeindruckende Weise eine Dokumentation. Das erzeugt eine emotionale Offenheit, die berührender ist als engagierte Emphase. Und wie jeder Film manipuliert er uns. Jedoch bleibt er fair, indem er für beide Seiten Partei ergreift und auch gegen sie. Das verwirrt, und ist die Essenz des Krieges. Wunderbare Kameraführung! I.M.F.K.
Great as a film. Subtle in the content, probably close enough to accurate to the principle of what happened but sadly obscuring the social aspect of independence movement and misrepresenting the amount of non official violence towards natives. Might well be historically correct as OAS may have started after the main events of the film.
A tense and thrilling look at agitators becoming terrorists, and then becoming targets for the military, The Battle Of Algiers is a film from 1966 that feels as if it could have been made just yesterday. Director Gillo Pontecorvo displays a mastery of his craft, the script feels authentic throughout, and the main performances are excellent.
Colonialism creates terrorism - colonialism can be economic - we await our fate - hence the rise of the right and the wall building - they know it’s coming - the left of the west must be more effective- this means artists too - if this is one of Lynne Ramsay’s favourite films then why the hell is she doing making films about serial killers? Left wing film makers in the West get your shit together!
An extraordinary work. 50 years old but it bears more relevancy to the themes of colonialism and the inevitable terrorism that follows than anything produced in recent years (including those which were inappropriately awarded with Oscars etc). Score, script and cinematography are enthralling, provocative and a joy to behold. And those who were almost certainly only acknowledged as acting 'extras' are superb.
I've never seen such a powerful film on the direct effects of Colonialism on a population. The fact the film was made just four years after independence brings an urgency to it. The film cuts effortlessly between a character driven historical narrative and documentary style reportage. Morricone's soundtrack and particularly the Samba style percussion refrain get across the mounting tension.
One of the greatest films of all time! Incredibly nuanced in terms of political insight on the efficiency (as well as deviations) of terrorism, this riveting 'hide-and-seek' between the FLN and the French commandos the alleys of Casbah is poignant and immensely moving combining realism and poetry in the violent scenes. The politics of resistance finds in Hadjadj and Martin's performances its extraordinary climax.