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

Imprint Irvington, NY : Criterion Collection, [2004]


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Grandview Library DVD    F BAT  v.3    Available
Edition Special ed.
Description 3 videodiscs (2 hr., 1 min.) : sd., b&w and col. ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (55 p. ; 19 cm.)
Series The criterion collection ; 249
Criterion collection (DVD videodiscs) ; 249.
Note Originally released as a motion picture in 1966.
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.).
Credits Director of photography, Marcello Gatti ; editors, Mario Serandrei & Mario Morra ; music, Ennio Morricone & Gillo Pontecorvo ; production designer, Sergio Canevari.
Cast Brahim Haggiag, Jean Martin, Saadi Yacef, Samia Kerbash, Ugo Paletti, Fusia El Kader.
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.
System Details DVD, region 1, widescreen (1.85:1) presentation ; Dolby Digital 1.0 mono.
Language French and Arabic dialogue, optional English subtitles.
Subject Jabhat al-Taḥrīr al-Qawmī -- Drama.
Battaglia di Algeri (Motion picture)
Torture -- Algeria -- Drama.
Terrorism -- Algeria -- Drama.
Autonomy -- Drama.
Algeria -- History -- Revolution, 1954-1962 -- Drama.
Kasbah (Algiers, Algeria) -- Drama.
Genre/Form War films
Historical films
Motion pictures, Italian.
Added Author Pontecorvo, Gillo, 1919-2006
Solinas, Franco, 1927-1982
Haggiag, Brahim
Martin, Jean, 1922-2009.
Saadi, Yacef, 1928-
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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