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The Battle of Algiers (1966) (Italy) - (Movies To See Before You Die - World Cinema)
03 Aug, 2010 | Movies To See Before You Die / World Cinema

There are several films made on the fictional account of terrorism all over the world. But there are not many films made on the realistic history of terror faced by various countries. And among those few important projects, “The Battle of Algiers” stands tall as one of the most authentic, experimental and truthful movie made on the subject of terrorism and revolution.

Released in the mid sixties, “The Battle of Algiers” is a docu-drama kind of feature which makes your aware with the inside truth about the Algerian Revolution in its pre independence era. Interestingly shot in Black & White format, the film does take a few moments to sink in. But right after its initial introductory minutes it grabs your attention entirely and starts impressing you with all its breathtaking bomb blasts sequences showcasing ruthless killings both by the revolutionists as well as the Police.
In fact I would like to rate this movie as an immensely influential project in context of the recent Mumbai terrorists attack seen in 2009. The reason for relating the film with this current inhuman act is that while watching this classic I found its few sequences exactly similar to what was seen in these sudden attacks. The bomb blast in a famous Café of the city full of regular clients and merciless firing on the people walking on the road out of a moving van can be seen in “The Battle of Algiers” too in the same manner as witnessed in the November 2009 attack on Mumbai.
Apart from this strange real life similarity, the film enlightens the viewer about the freedom struggle in Algiers (which many of the viewers may not be familiar with) and also brilliantly portrays the tough times experienced by the people who faced the heat. I strongly believe that the film must have been there in the mind of Anurag Kashyap when he was making his own classic “Black Friday” on the subject of Mumbai blasts.
The film never allows you to remember that its not the real footage but only a group of actors enacting their roles realistically. In all, a must watch masterpiece for every film buff, student of cinema and anyone willing to know about the past and its bitter truth. Indisputably one of the best movies made on a historical revolution of a country.
Directed By Gillo Pontecorvo.

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03 Aug 2010 / Comments ( 6 )

Hello Bobby ,
It s always a pleasure to read your reviews ...
thank you for speaking about this film.
but i was a little uncomfortable when you compare the algerian fighters for their indepedance with terrorists .........there is no similarity .....

Bobby Sing

Hi Fatiha,

Thanks for your comment and seriously I never ever meant any comparison between the two extremes. It equally hurts me also as if somebody is calling Bhagat Singh a terrorist.

So please dont take it that way. The only thing I mentioned was that may be the idea of creating a chaos was taken from there by the terrorists.......and thats was my only intention in referring it.

I hope you understand what i wanted to say.

Waiting for your reply....



Hello Bobby ,
Thanks for saying that ...you Indian have also like the algerians a colonial past so you are the personne who will understand the best the difference between terrorist and freedom fighters ....
I am glad you liked this film

Bobby Sing

Thanks Fatiha for your understanding........

Here I would also like to inform that I wrote another post on the Indian Music famous in Algeria few weeks back on the info shared by yourself. So do chek that out too in the "Did You Know" section.

Hope you like that too......Cheers!

Did you know that a real fighter named Yacef Saadi (one of the leaders of Algeria\'s National Liberation Front) played a character in the film modeled on his own experiences in the battle.

Bobby Sing

Thanks Fatiha for the valuable update as I wasnt aware of that really.
Keep visiting and writing in.


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