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The Battle of Algiers (15)

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Gillo Pontecorvo’s masterpiece based on true events that took place during the Algerian War.

Highly regarded as one of the best films of all time, Gillo Pontecorvo’s masterpiece is based on true events that took place during the Algerian War, with a particular commentary on guerrilla fighters.

Shot on location and inspired by Italian neo-realism, the film blurs the lines between fiction and reality with a black and white newsreels style and non-professional actors bringing to live the conflict.

Banned in France for several years due to its critique of colonisation, the film is unique in its shifting perspective from coloniser to the colonised and fittingly coincided with the period of national liberation and decolonisation.

Tagged with: Cinema New releases

Italy/Algiers 1966 Gillo Pontecorvo 121 min

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