The Battle of Algiers
(M) Dir. Gillo Pontecorvo, Algeria/Italy, 1966. 123 min | Drama
2K DCP digital format now available and new 35mm print with new subtitles
Gillo Pontecorvo’s intense, political study of terrorism was banned in France for fear of inciting civil unrest. A film subsidised by the Algerian government, it follows the country’s fight for independence from its colonising nation, France, reconstructing the main political events that took place in Algiers between 1954 and 1957. Known to be one of the bloodiest revolutions in recent history, Algeria was finally granted independence in 1962.