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Record: Battle of Algiers, The (La Bataille de Algiers)


Battle of Algiers, The (La Bataille de Algiers)

Video Call Number: Location:
DVD 25 Biddle Law Library

Production Company

Igor Films

Year: Running Time: Format:
1966 1:56 DVD


Originally released as a motion picture in 1966and banned in France, the film was commissioned by the Algerian government to show the Franco-Algerian conflict from both sides. Documentary-style re-enactment of events that took place from 1954-1962. As violence escalates on both sides, the French torture prisoners for information and the Algerians resort to terrorism in their quest for independence. Children shoot soldiers at point-blank range, women plant bombs in cafés. The French win the battle, but ultimately lose the war as the Algerian people demonstrate that they will no longer be suppressed. Language: French with French and Arabic dialogue, optional English subtitles. A film by Gillo Pontecorvo.


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