The Battle of Algiers (1965, 121 min) by Gillo Pontecorvo
Part of the Contradictions: Screening/Workshop – with Bob Devine and Chris Hill
* Date: November 16, Tuesday
* Time: 7:00 p.m.
* Place: Nonstop Institute
* Cost: Pay-as-you-can
The Battle of Algiers is a narrative, shot in the style of a newsreel, inspired by Italian neo-realism, and produced with mostly non-professional actors, was written by Gillo Pontecorvo, Franco Solinas (State of Seige), and FLN fighter Saadi Yacef (who also plays a fictionalized version of himself in the film) and chronicles a major battle in the Algerian war for independence, only a few years after it occurred. This film focuses less on the violence than the fundamental characteristics of urban revolutionary warfare and organization. Literary critic Edward Said has said that Pontecorvo’s Battle of Algiers and Queimada!/Burn! were “the two greatest political films ever made.”