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  1. David's rating of the film The Battle of Algiers

  2. Ganoderma's rating of the film The Battle of Algiers

    Essential for anyone interested in Imperialism, French and Middle Eastern history.

  3. Christofi Cotonou's rating of the film The Battle of Algiers

    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?

  4. JanP's rating of the film The Battle of Algiers

  5. Ashley Spendlove's rating of the film The Battle of Algiers

    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.

  6. tinderness's rating of the film The Battle of Algiers

    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.

  7. keithinhull's rating of the film The Battle of Algiers

    A masterpiece of political cinema

  8. Superfrog's rating of the film The Battle of Algiers

    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.

  9. Kevin Matthews's rating of the film The Battle of Algiers

    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.

  10. 'king Harold's rating of the film The Battle of Algiers

    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!

  11. raggiodisole's rating of the film The Battle of Algiers

    Thrilling, visceral storytelling, almost documentary in style, but with high romance and powerful nation spirit elevating it well beyond mere retelling of history. Little wonder it is such a highly regarded film

  12. Gareth Potter's rating of the film The Battle of Algiers

    Amazing and frighteningly relevant.

  13. mail's rating of the film The Battle of Algiers

    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.

  14. andrew's rating of the film The Battle of Algiers

    Lived up to its legendary status and some

  15. Al Green's rating of the film The Battle of Algiers

    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.

  16. ellenmac's rating of the film The Battle of Algiers

    A moving and necessary look at the repercussions of colonial oppression. No other film about war has gripped me in the same way. A political thriller and a fine historical drama.

  17. Eva Bosch's rating of the film The Battle of Algiers

    Excellent. A true classic

  18. Andrew Lang's rating of the film The Battle of Algiers

    Such a beast of a movie. One of the few that will never die

  19. Hodek Van Mealstrom's rating of the film The Battle of Algiers

  20. captainfez's rating of the film The Battle of Algiers

    This movie does not fuck about.

  21. MarkF's rating of the film The Battle of Algiers

    Stunning, politically relevant

  22. Luz Sabina's rating of the film The Battle of Algiers

  23. Daniel S.'s rating of the film The Battle of Algiers

    Colonialism is ugly and terrorism is ugly too. Torture is ugly as well as Fanaticism. Strongly recommended.

  24. dionysus67's rating of the film The Battle of Algiers

    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.

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