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La Bataille d'Alger [videorecording]: The Battle of Algiers

Rialto Pictures ; Janus Films ; producer, Saadi Yacef ; writers, Gillo Pontecorvo, Franco Solinas ; directed by Gillo Pontecorvo
Format
Video; DVD
Summary
Focuses on 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.
Director
Gillo Pontecorvo
Performers
Brahim Haggiag, Jean Martin, Saadi Yacef, Samia Kerbash, Ugo Paletti, Fusia El Kader.
Release Date
1965
Run Time
125 min.
Language
French and Arabic dialogue, English subtitles
Rating
MPAA rating: Not rated
Notes
  • "A joint venture between Janus Films and Home Vision Cinema"--container.
  • Videodisc release of a 1965 motion picture.
  • Special features: Disc 1: new high-definition transfer of film; "Return to Algiers (1992, 55 min.); theatrical and re-release trailers; poster gallery; Disc 2: the making-of "The battle of Algiers"; "The dictatorship of truth" a 37-min. documentary; directors commentary on "The battle of Algiers"; Disc 3: documentary "The battle of Algiers and history"; "États d'armes" 30-min. excerpt from 'L'ennemi intime'; "How to win the battle, but lose the war of ideas" a conversation.
Variant Title
Battle of Algiers
Related Title
Battaglia di Algeri (Motion picture)
Edition
Special ed
Series
The Criterion Collection
Criterion Collection
Series Statement
The criterion collection ; 249
Criterion collection 249
ISBN
0780028872
Credits
Director of photography, Marcello Gatti ; editors, Mario Morra, Mario Serandrei ; original music, Ennio Morricone ; production designer, Sergio Canevari.
Published
Irvington, NY : Criterion Collection ; Chicago, IL : Distributed by Home Vision Entertainment, 2004.
Publisher no.
BAT120 Criterion Collection
Related Resources
Internet Movie Database Summary and Reviews
Description
3 videodiscs (ca. 125 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (55 p. : ill. ; 19 cm.)
DVD, region 1, widescreen (1.85:1) presentation, Dolby Digital 1.0 mono.
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