Retrieved 14 September Ennio Morricone Gillo Pontecorvo. September 29, Full Review…. The Battle of Algiers is one of those movies. The writer-director of Monsoon Wedding and Salaam Bombay!
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The camera work is so smart and compounds the blistering tension that invades every scene.
Also, It was hard not to make modern day parallels to the occupation of Iraq. You feel that you're really there, and you can't help but be moved. Luchino Visconti, Francesco Rosi, and Pontecorvo demonstrating that, whatever else might be said about them, some revolutionaries have good taste in movie directors.
Cinematic Representation and the Transformation of the Exotic.
battlee The narrative begins with the organization of revolutionary cells in the Casbah. Fawzia el Kader as Halima. These scenes are presented without any of the internal humanising or dramatising conflict that would be considered vital now: He is the centrepiece to the most remarkable sequence, captured on the film's poster. The French authorities first license a covert bomb attack in the casbah - "state terrorism" before the phrase was invented - but then, under Mathieu, they embark on a disciplined campaign of isolating terrorist cells, torturing them for the names of operatives further up the pyramid-chain until the key figures at the top are obliterated.
But in the end, the horror unleashed in The Battle of Algiers cannot be fitted into neat partisan formulations, which is perhaps why so many disparate groups, from the Panthers to the Pentagon, have tried to claim the film for their own agenda.
The Battle of Algiers - New York Movie Review
October 5, Rating: Add in Ennio Morricone's score, and you have a great film that is completely different from almost anything you will ever see. La Cage aux Folles Edouard Molinaro. Mohamed Ben Kassen as Petit Omar. They showed us that film to prepare us for a kind of war very different from the regular war we had entered the Navy School for.
After the flashback, Ali and the last of the FLN leaders are killed, and the film takes on a more general focus, leading to the declaration of Algerian independence algierw At least three versions exist, running, and minutes. Pontecorvo makes it clear that terrorists must also face their own moral reckoning.
To meet the demands of film, The Battle of Algiers uses composite characters and changes the names of certain persons. Drama films World cinema Period and historical films reviews. The Haunting of Hill House. The film seems to be filmed through the point of view of a western reporter, as telephoto lenses and hand-held cameras are used, whilst "depicting the struggle from a 'safe' distance with French soldiers placed between the crowds and camera.
He strides easily, casually, with no sidearm on show, utterly confident in the power of the spectacle he has created. Ennio Morricone Gillo Pontecorvo.
Those torture scenes are laid out in montage for us without any self-conscious emotional affect or drama; they include blowtorching the suspect's naked torso, waterboarding, and clipping electrodes to the earlobes before hand-cranking the voltage. More Top Movies O Forums. Its content has classic and tragic dimensions beyond politics.
Battle of Algiers
It presents the historical account of the struggle of Algerian nationalists for independence from French colonists, and in doing so clearly displays the total futility of war.
The effect was so convincing that American releases carried a notice that "not one foot" of newsreel was used. Conner Rainwater Super Reviewer. Shot on 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.
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Neither Ali la Pointe, the leader of the independence movement, nor the French Colonel Mattheiu, who is in charge of the operation, ever states that what he is doing is wrong. Another sort of director, possessed of a more conventional liberal scruple, might have felt the need to show a torturer's inner pain or the torturee's hidden backstory. In fact, not much in the current Iraq situation is historically comparable to the late-fifties Algerian struggle for independence dramatized in The Battle of Algiersbut its anatomy of terror remains unsurpassed—and, woefully, ever fresh.