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Awar
Friday, September 17th, 2004, 08:40 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f_N2wyq7fCE

This came to my attention as one of the few films that got 100% positive
reviews from more than 40 critics around the world.

SYNOPSIS

Gillo Pontecorvo presents a harrowing, documentary-style depiction of the Algerian's people's struggle to liberate themselves from France between 1954 and 1962. The film creates a stunning illusion of realism by combining actual newsreel footage with staged sequences featuring amateur and professional actors playing characters based on real people (including Saadi Yacef, the one-time leader of the FLN in occupied Algiers). With it's depiction of political torture and violence retaining every bit of the impact they had upon the film's original release, THE BATTLE FOR ALGIERS was re-released theatrically in 2003 to great acclaim and reevaluation. Winner of 11 International Film awards. Academy Award Nominations: Best Director, Best (Original) Story and Screenplay.

more on http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/battle_of_algiers/about.php

Avg. Rating: 9.1/10

"A startling and still-potent view of the double standard of war. "
-- Jeffrey M. Anderson, COMBUSTIBLE CELLULOID

"a lesson in modern warfare"
-- Jules Brenner, FILMCRITIC.COM

"A fascinating movie in its own right, more relevant because of today's world situation."
-- Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone, THEMOVIECHICKS.COM

"Perhaps the finest political film of the 1960s."
-- David Elliott, SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE

"A restored print of the landmark film has been re-released, and the superbly crafted, often-unnerving film is well worth your attention."
-- Jack Garner, ROCHESTER DEMOCRAT AND CHRONICLE

"Still powerful and upsetting because of its unpolished immediacy ... and because the movie declines to judge the terrorists' actions."
-- Chris Hewitt, ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

"The verity of a documentary...with the narrative drive and emotional charge of a great thriller"
-- Arthur Lazere, CULTUREVULTURE.NET

"The price of invasion has never been more poignantly spelled out than in this classic film."
-- Jean Lowerison, SAN DIEGO METROPOLITAN

"A chilling cinematic history lesson."
-- Sean Means, SALT LAKE TRIBUNE

"It takes about an eighth of a second for the film to seem all too relevant."
-- Donald Munro, FRESNO BEE

"The same power it had 40 years ago is still evident."
-- Dennis Schwartz, OZUS' WORLD MOVIE REVIEWS

"Staged with almost newsreel precision but presented with the punch of a great political thriller..despite being half a century old, still has a powerful and pertinent message."
-- Frank Swietek, ONE GUY'S OPINION


"An extraordinary movie that ruffled many feathers when it first came out. Almost 40 years later, it retains the poignancy it delivered back then."
-- Marta Barber, MIAMI HERALD

"gripping, relevant cinema...Irish film, "Bloody Sunday," borrowed its entire structure from "Algiers.""
-- Laura Clifford, REELING REVIEWS

"It remains a surprisingly instructive and cautionary lesson in the way that populist movements can burn parent states down to their grass roots."
-- Duane Dudek, MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL

"A timelessly powerful film."
-- Jurgen Fauth, ABOUT.COM

"Few movies have done such an eloquent, evenhanded job of defining the conflict between colonialists and natives determined to free themselves from foreign rule."
-- John Hartl, SEATTLE TIMES

"A riveting look at France's failed attempt to remain a colonial force in Algeria. Re-release."
-- Harvey S. Karten, COMPUSERVE

"'The Battle of Algiers' serves potent warning to those who envision warfare, or any Western-dictated settlement, in areas so hungry and so foreign."
-- Donald J. Levit, REELTALK MOVIE REVIEWS

"The Battle of Algiers still resonates today, and probably always will"
-- Marty Mapes, MOVIE HABIT

"Its relevance to world events is just as clear today, more so, it seems, with each passing day."
-- Marc Mohan, OREGONIAN

"plays like a mesmerizing action thriller that derives from the best traditions of Hollywood. "
-- John A. Nesbit, CULTUREDOSE.NET

"Like all masterpieces, it speaks to later ages as powerfully and intelligently as to its own."
-- David Sterritt, CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR

"A classic of politically engaged filmmaking."
-- Ella Taylor, L.A. WEEKLY

"The director's real achievement is not in making a piece of agitprop but in using these fundamental tools of cinema in such an extraordinarily affecting way."
-- Walter V. Addiego, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

"If any movie squeezes you into the shoes of grassroots combatants fighting a monstrous colonialist power for the right to their own neighborhoods, this is it."
-- Michael Atkinson, VILLAGE VOICE

"The chafing, mutually uncomprehending collision of Western occupiers and Muslim occupied has never been captured with such dispassionate, thrilling clarity."
-- Ty Burr, BOSTON GLOBE

"Gripping and technically dazzling documentary-style drama."
-- Colin Covert, MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

"It looks beyond any question to be an original documentary film, put together from newsreel footage, complemented by staged dramatic scenes."
-- Bosley Crowther, NEW YORK TIMES

"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."
-- Robert Denerstein, DENVER ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS

"Pontecorvo has nearly accomplished the impossible: to make an epic film that convinces the viewer he is watching the real thing."
-- Don Druker, CHICAGO READER

"You won't soon forget the face of Brahim Haggiag, who plays the revolutionary leader Ali as if he were channeling the misery of colonialism into a solitary stare of accusatory outrage."
-- Owen Gleiberman, ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

"The greatness of The Battle of Algiers lies in its ability to embrace moral ambiguity without succumbing to it."
-- Ann Hornaday, WASHINGTON POST

"Pontecorvo essentially established the cinematic language that we recognize in recent dramas based on actual events, from Bloody Sunday to Black Hawk Down."
-- Terry Lawson, DETROIT FREE PRESS


"The film's explosive power transcends the headlines."
-- Rob Thomas, CAPITAL TIMES (MADISON, WI)