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The Battle of Algiers

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In the 1950s, fear and violence escalate as the people of Algiers fight for independence from the French government. As each side resorts to ever-increasing brutality, no violent act is too unthinkable.
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July 01, 2012

The film establishes a kinetic documentary effect, making the impact of every shoot-out and explosion a deeply personal experience.
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January 10, 2017

Fifty years after its first run, The Battle of Algiers is still a cinematic stick of dynamite.
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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.
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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.
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July 03, 2012

Essential viewing.
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February 02, 2017

The continued relevance of The Battle of Algiers is both a point of fascination and something to mourn.
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October 05, 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.
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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.
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August 04, 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.
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January 18, 2013

Its content has classic and tragic dimensions beyond politics.
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October 05, 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.
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October 18, 2008

It's a dedicated effort with importance as a 'document.'
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