The Battle of Algiers [Criterion Collection] [2 Discs] [Blu-ray]

The Battle of Algiers [Criterion Collection] [2 Discs] [Blu-ray]

Director: Gillo Pontecorvo Cast: Saadi Yacef
Saadi Yacef
, Jean Martin
Jean Martin
, Brahim Haggiag
Brahim Haggiag
, Tommaso Neri
Tommaso Neri
Gillo Pontecorvo
The Battle of Algiers [Criterion Collection] [2 Discs] [Blu-ray]

The Battle of Algiers [Criterion Collection] [2 Discs] [Blu-ray]

Director: Gillo Pontecorvo Cast: Saadi Yacef
Saadi Yacef
, Jean Martin
Jean Martin
, Brahim Haggiag
Brahim Haggiag
, Tommaso Neri
Tommaso Neri
Gillo Pontecorvo

Blu-ray (Black & White)

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Overview

This highly political film about the Algerian struggle for independence from France took "Best Film" honors at the 1966 Venice Film Festival. The bulk of the film is shot in flashback, presented as the memories of Ali (Brahim Haggiag), a leading member of the Algerian Front de Liberation Nationale (FLN), when finally captured by the French in 1957. Three years earlier, Ali was a petty thief who joined the secretive organization in order to help rid the Casbah of vice associated with the colonial government. The film traces the rebels' struggle and the increasingly extreme measures taken by the French government to quell what soon becomes a nationwide revolt. 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 in 1962. Director Gillo Pontecorvo's careful re-creation of a complicated guerrilla struggle presents a rather partisan view of some complex social and political issues, which got the film banned in France for many years. That should not come as a surprise, for La Battaglia di Algeri was subsidized by the Algerian government and -- with the exception of Jean Martin and Tommaso Neri as French officers -- the cast was entirely Algerian as well. At least three versions exist, running 135, 125, and 120 minutes.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/09/2011
UPC: 0715515085113
Original Release: 1966
Rating: NR
Source: Criterion Collection
Region Code: A
Presentation: [B&W]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Mono]
Language: English
Time: 2:01:00
Sales rank: 9,047

Special Features

Disc one: ; High-definition transfer, supervised by director of photography Marcello Gatti, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack ; Gillo Pontecorvo: The Dictatorship Truth, a documentary narrated by literary critic Edward Said; Morxist poetry: The making of "The Battle of Algiers," a documentary featuring interviews with Pontecorvo, Gatti, and composer Ennio Morricone, among others ; Interviews with Spike Lee, Mira Nair, Julian Schnabel, Steven Soderbergh, and Oliver Stone on the film's influence, style, and importance; Production gallery ; Theatrical and rerelease trailers ; Disc two: History and the Film: ; Remembering History a documentary on the Algerian experience of the battle for independence ; "États d'armes," a documentary exerpt featuring senior French military officers recalling the use of torture and execution to combat the Algerian rebellion; "The Battle of Algiers": A Case Study, a video piece featuring U.S. counterterrorism experts; Gillo Pontecorvo's Return to Algiers, a documentary in which the filmmaker revisits the country after three decades of independece

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Saadi Yacef Djafar
Jean Martin Colonel Mathieu
Brahim Haggiag Ali La Pointe
Tommaso Neri Captain
Samia Kerbash One of the Girls,Fathia
Fawzia el Kader Halima
Mohamed Ben Kassen Petit Omar
Brahim Hadjadj Ali la Pointe
Gene Wesson Actor
Franco Moruzzi Actor
Ennio Morricone Composer
Gillo Pontecorvo Composer

Technical Credits
Gillo Pontecorvo Director,Screenwriter
Franco Solinas Screenwriter
Antonio Musu Producer
Saadi Yacef Producer
Fred Baker Executive Producer
Aldo Gasparri Special Effects
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