A film commissioned by the Algerian government that shows the Algerian revolution from both sides. The French foreign legion has left Vietnam in defeat and has something to prove. The Algerians are seeking independence. The two clash. The torture used by the French is contrasted with the Algerian's use of bombs in soda shops. A look at war as a nasty thing that harms and sullies everyone who participates in it. Written by
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Most of the cast were dubbed as they were all non-professionals. See more »
The foot responsible for tripping Ali when running down the street changes from the right to the left foot between cuts. See more »
What were they saying in Paris yesterday?
Nothing. Sartre's written another article.
Will you kindly explain to me why the Sartres are always born on the other side?
So you like Sartre, Colonel?
Not really, but I like him even less as an adversary.
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Capturing a historic incident/moment with extraordinary accuracy makes a film truly beautiful, painful, and masterful. With the tradition of Italian Neo Realism and French New Wave - i.e. shooting in location and casting nonprofessional actors, The Battle of Algiers harshly seals the ugly realities of both French Legion and Algerian Guerillas - i.e. indiscriminate bombs, tortures, and scapegoats. Ennio Morricone composed one of his early successful scores.
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