The Battle of Algiers

Starring: Jean Martin Director: Gillo Pontecorvo
The Battle of Algiers
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DVD Features:

    The Battle of Algiers - New High-Definition Digital Picture
  • Theatrical and Re-release Trailers, New and Improved English Subtitle Translation
  • Documentaries, the Making of The Battle of Algiers featuring Interviews with the Director, Cinematographer, and Actors and Gillo Pontecorvo: The Dictatorship of Truth
  • Interview with Five Directors (Spike Lee, Mira Nair, Julian Schnabel, Steven Soderbergh, and Oliver Stone) on the Film's Influence, Style, and Importance
  • Four Documentaries, Remembering History, Etats D,Annes, The Battle of Algiers: A Case Study, and Gillo Pontecorvo's Return to Algiers. Plus Booklet.
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 5 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1966
  • Label: Criterion
  • 3-Disc Set
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital Mono - French/Arabic

Disc 1:

  • Additional Release Material:
    • Documentary: RETURN TO ALGIERS
    • Trailers:
      1. Theatrical Trailer
      2. Re-release Trailer
  • Text/Photo Galleries:
    • Poster Gallery

Disc 2:

  • Additional Release Material:
    • Featurette: Directors On THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS
    • Documentary:

Disc 3:

  • Additional Release Material:
    • Documentary:
      2. ETATS D'ARMES

Performers, Cast and Crew:

Directed by
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Composition by

Entertainment Reviews:

Sight and Sound - 12/31/2003
"The film itself remains as powerful as ever, both on a formal level and as political drama."
Entertainment Weekly - 01/16/2004
"[The film] casts an eerie shadow over a world rocked by the underground politics of fear and rage."
Los Angeles Times - 01/19/2004
"[W]hat's most impressive about this 1965 epic of revolution is the realization that its compelling imagery and its powerful insights are so continually relevant that this film isn't back, it's never really left us."
Total Film - 01/01/2004
"Its vitality and immediacy are undiminished."
Uncut - 12/01/2003
"A thrilling film, shocking and often unsubtle, it's also an eerily prescient snapshot of 21st-century global politics."
USA Today - 10/12/2004
"[T]he 1965 classic is a revealing look at the mind-set of terrorists that is so relevant to current events that it was screened at the Pentagon."
Ultimate DVD - 06/01/2007
4 stars out of 5 -- "As Pontecorvo looks at the impact of war on all those who live through it, it remains desperately relevant today."

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One of the most influential political films in history. Gillo Pontecorvo's The Battle of Algiers vividly recreates a key year in the tumultuous Algerian struggle for independence from the occupying French in the 1950s. As violence escalates on both sides, children shoot soldiers at point-blank range, women plant bombs in cafes, and French soldiers resort to torture to break the will of the insurgents. Shot in the streets of Algiers in documentary style, the film is a case study in modern warfare, with its terrorist attacks and the brutal techniques used to combat them. The Criterion Collection is proud to present this tour de force - a film with astonishing relevance today.

Product Description:

Gillo Pontecorvo's presents a harrowing, documentary-style depiction of the Algerian's people's struggle to liberate themselves from France between 1954 and 1962. The film creates a stunning illusion of realism by combining actual newsreel footage with staged sequences featuring amateur and professional actors playing characters based on real people (including Saadi Yacef, the one-time leader of the FLN in occupied Algiers). With it's depiction of political torture and violence retaining every bit of the impact they had upon the film's original release, THE BATTLE FOR ALGIERS was re-released theatrically in 2003 to great acclaim and reevaluation. Winner of 11 International Film awards.


Production Notes:

  • "The Battle of Algiers" was the first feature film produced in Algeria by Algerians (although the director and much of the film's crew were Italian).
  • Screened at 1966 Venice Film Festival.
  • Production companies: Igor Film (Rome) and Casbah Films (Algiers).
  • Distribution company: Magna Films.
  • Academy Award Nominations: Best Director, Best (Original) Story and Screenplay.

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