in about 100 words or less
Italy/Algeria 120m, B&W
Director: Gillo Pontecorvo; Cast: Jean Martin, Saadi Yacef, Brahim Haggiag, Tommaso Neri
The Battle of Algiers is an astonishingly realistic re-creation of events between 1954 and 1957 about the operation of a guerrilla movement, and the methods used by the French military to contain it. The brutal tactics used by both sides are explicitly depicted in this controversial film that was banned for a time in France. Though generally sympathetic to the Algerian side, the film is remarkably objective insofar as the depiction of the atrocities which are committed by both sides. A difficult film to watch, perhaps because it is as relevant today as it was in 1966 (Klaus Ming January 2016).