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The battle of Algiers [videorecording] / a Gillo Pontecorvo film ; production Casbah Films, Igor Film
DVDs DVDs | Criterion Collection | c2004 | Director-approved special ed. ; Widescreen [version].
Available at Adult DVD-Feature Film (Call number: DVD B pt.1-3 WORLD (FRENCH))
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Irvington, NY : Criterion Collection, c2004.
Director-approved special ed. ; Widescreen [version].
3 videodiscs (123 min.) : sd., b&w and col.; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (55 p. ; 19 cm.)
The criterion collection ; 249
Criterion collection (DVD videodiscs) ; 249.
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DVD, Dolby digital 1.0 mono.
In French with some Arabic dialogue, with optional English subtitles.
Brahim Haggiag, Jean Martin, Saadi Yacef, Samia Kerbash, Ugo Paletti, Fusia El Kader.
Screenplay, Franco Solinas ; producer, Yacef Saadi ; director, Gillo Pontecorvo ; director of photography, Marcello Gatti ; editors, Mario Serandrei & Mario Morra ; music, Ennio Morricone & Gillo Pontecorvo ; production designer, Sergio Canevari.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1966.
MPAA rating: not rated.
Feature film on disc one ; special features on discs two and three.
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.
Special features: Disc 1: theatrical and re-release trailers. 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.).
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MW, 11-04
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French title: Bataille d'Alger
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BAT120 Criterion Collection
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