The Battle of Algiers (La Battaglia di Algeri) Reviews

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July 26, 2019
The end result is an epic film achieved through a neorealist and objective technique that makes the entire nation of Algeria into the protagonist. [Full Review in Spanish]
December 28, 2018
What do you want me to say? It's a masterpiece.
November 1, 2018
It's a story of a moment in history, but the parallels to the current global climate of terrorism feel as if this movie was culled from today's headlines.
August 23, 2017
This movie is packed with so much glamour and carnage you won't believe it's a documentary about one man.
February 2, 2017
The continued relevance of The Battle of Algiers is both a point of fascination and something to mourn.
January 10, 2017
Fifty years after its first run, The Battle of Algiers is still a cinematic stick of dynamite.
October 12, 2016
illo Pontecorvo's fictional documentary classic of the mechanics of terrorism and counterterrorism is a tense, crack thriller and one of the greatest films to draw a portrait of both sides of urban conflict.
October 5, 2016
It uses realism as an effect, documentary as a style. You feel that you're really there, and you can't help but be moved.
October 5, 2016
It neither demonizes nor lionizes either side of the conflict, aiming for just-the-ugly facts objectivity. Nobody who sees it is likely to feel comforted, or even vindicated. The emotion it most frequently and fervently inspires is sorrow.
September 29, 2016
The film is not just a relentlessly gripping entertainment but also a cinematic Rorschach blot, a moral miasma that tosses our sympathies this way and that.
January 18, 2013
Its content has classic and tragic dimensions beyond politics.
July 3, 2012
Essential viewing.
July 1, 2012
The film establishes a kinetic documentary effect, making the impact of every shoot-out and explosion a deeply personal experience.
March 24, 2012
This seminal. meticulously crafted work about Algiers struggle for freedom won the Venic Film Fest top award, and deservedly garnered Pontecorvo Oscar nominations as Best Director and Co-scribe.
October 27, 2011
Partially because of its documentary style, used so effectively by director Gillo Pontecorvo, it never gets heavy-handed -- exploring the idea of violence as a necessary evil for freedom.
August 4, 2011
Both a how-to manual for guerrilla terrorism and a cautionary tale about how to fight it. It's also quite possibly the finest war film ever made.
April 26, 2009
Agitprop cinema hits a fierce apex in co-writer/director Gillo Pontecorvo's unique wartime thriller.
October 18, 2008
It's a dedicated effort with importance as a 'document.'
October 18, 2008
It's a frank blend of exoticism, eroticism and foreshadowed horror.
March 10, 2008
One of the essential works of world cinema.
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