The Battle of Algiers (La Battaglia di Algeri) Reviews

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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.
July 3, 2012
Essential viewing.
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.
October 18, 2008
It's a dedicated effort with importance as a 'document.'
May 15, 2007
A riveting reconstruction of the struggle for independence in mid-50s Algiers, its pseudo-documentary style still feels as headline-fresh as its content.
May 11, 2007
Whatever they made of The Battle of Algiers at the Pentagon, this is a must-see for everyone else now.
May 11, 2007
Brilliantly directed set-pieces and remarkable thronging crowd scenes make the film a masterpiece; the ominous familiarity of its subject makes it a must-see.
January 26, 2006
Superb and unrivalled.
October 23, 2004
What lessons a modern viewer can gain from the film depends on who is watching and what they want to see.
October 19, 2004
It's as fresh and suspenseful as anything before or since.
August 7, 2004
The most electrifyingly timely movie playing in New York was made in 1965.
May 21, 2004
An extraordinary movie that ruffled many feathers when it first came out. Almost 40 years later, it retains the poignancy it delivered back then.
May 13, 2004
An epic of intimate objectivity.
March 26, 2004
Remains a signficant achievement, a testament to film's powers to put you in the middle of a historical event and make it feel real.
March 26, 2004
Pontecorvo essentially established the cinematic language that we recognize in recent dramas based on actual events, from Bloody Sunday to Black Hawk Down.
March 4, 2004
Magnificent moviemaking.
February 27, 2004
The chafing, mutually uncomprehending collision of Western occupiers and Muslim occupied has never been captured with such dispassionate, thrilling clarity.
February 13, 2004
Few movies have done such an eloquent, evenhanded job of defining the conflict between colonialists and natives determined to free themselves from foreign rule.
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