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Title La bataille d'Alger = The battle of Algiers / un film de Gillo Pontecorvo ; scénario de Franco Solinas ; production Casbah Films, Igor Film ; produit par Yacef Saadi.

Publication Info. Irvington, NY : Criterion Collection, [2004]


Location Call No. Status
 Colchester, Cragin Memorial Library - Media Room  DVD BAT  DISC 1-3    DUE 01-03-17 Billed
 Middletown, Russell Library - Adult FOREIGN DVD  DVD FOREIGN-FRE-B    Check Shelf
 New Britain, Main Library - Audio-Visual Materials  FRE DVD BATTLE OF ALGIERS DISC 1-3    Check Shelf
Edition Special édition.
Description 3 videodiscs (121 min.) : sound, black and white and color ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (55 pages ; 19 cm.).
Series Criterion collection ; 249
Criterion collection (DVD videodiscs) ; 249.
System Details DVD, region 1, widescreen (1.85:1) presentation, Dolby Digital 1.0 mono.
Cast Brahim Haggiag, Jean Martin, Saadi Yacef, Samia Kerbash, Ugo Paletti, Fusia El Kader, Omar.
Credits Director of photography, Marcello Gatti ; editors, Mario Serandrei & Mario Morra ; music, Ennio Morricone & Gillo Pontecorvo ; production designer, Sergio Canevari.
Note Originally released as a motion picture in 1966.
Summary Dramatizes the harrowing events of 1957, a key year in Algeria's struggle for independence from France. Recreates the tumultuous Algerian uprising against the occupying French in the 1950s. 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.
Note Special features: Disc 1: theatrical and re-release trailers; production gallery. Disc 2: "Gillo Pontecorvo: the dictatorship of truth," a 37 min. documentary made in 1992 about Pontecorvo; The making of The battle of Algiers (51 min.); Spike Lee, Mira Nair, Julian Schnabel, Steven Soderbergh, and Oliver Stone discuss the film (17 min.). Disc 3: "Remembering history," a 69 min. documentary about the Algerian Revolution; "États d'armes," 28 min. of excerpts from Patrick Rotman's 3-part documentary, L'Ennemi Intime, which focuses on the horror of the Revolution; "The battle of Algiers, a case study" a 25 min. conversation about the contemporary relevance of The battle of Algiers between former National Coordinator for Security and Counterterrorism Richard A. Clarke, former State Department Coordinator for Counterterrorism, Michael A. Sheehan, and Chief of Investigative Projects for ABC News, Christopher E. Isham; "Gillo Pontecorvo's Return to Algiers" (1992) (58 min.).
Accompanying booklet includes an essay by film scholar Peter Matthews; a reprinted interview with writer Franco Solinas; and brief biographies on the key figures in the French-Algerian War.
Awards Venice Film Festive, Golden Lion, 1966; International Film Critics Award, 1966; City of Venice Award, 1966.
Language French and Arabic dialogue, optional English subtitles.
Note GMD: videorecording.
Genre/Form War films.
War films -- Algeria.
War films -- Italy.
Historical films.
Historical films -- Algeria.
Historical films -- Italy.
Feature films.
Feature films -- Algeria.
Feature films -- Italy.
Foreign films.
Subject Jabhat al-Taḥrīr al-Qawmī -- Drama.
Algeria -- History -- Revolution, 1954-1962 -- Drama.
Kasbah (Algiers, Algeria) -- Drama.
Torture -- Algeria -- Drama.
Terrorism -- Algeria -- Drama.
Autonomy -- Drama.
Battaglia di Algeri (Motion picture)
Added Author Pontecorvo, Gillo, 1919-2006.
Solinas, Franco, 1927-1982.
Haggiag, Brahim.
Martin, Jean, 1922-2009.
Saadi, Yacef, 1928-2021
Kerbash, Samia.
Paletti, Ugo.
Gatti, M. (Marcello)
Morricone, Ennio.
Casbah Films.
Igor Film.
Criterion Collection (Firm)
Added Title Battle of Algiers
ISBN 0780028872
Standard No. 037429195628
Music No. BAT120 Criterion Collection
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