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The Battle of Algiers Blu-ray Review

6 July 2012 6:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Gillo Pontecorvo’s 1966 war film tells the turbulent story of the Algerian campaign for independence from France between the years of 1954 and 1962. It remains an incredibly powerful and engrossing depiction of insurgency, guerrilla warfare and hard-line retaliatory tactics used by a dominant colonial army.

In the nation’s capital Algiers, the fight of Algerian independence was led by the National Liberation Front (Fln) who resorted to increasingly devastating and shocking tactics to achieve their aims. They regularly assassinated policemen, officials and civilians, and spread fear throughout the city’s European populous with a string of deadly bombings. After their attacks, the Fln would then retreat back into the crowded Arabic area of the city called the Casbah and thus proved incredibly difficult to root out.

The French government’s reaction to the wave of violence was to severely clamp down on the Arab Algerians’ movements to and from the city »

- Rob Keeling

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