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Battle of Algiers [Blu-ray Boxset] [Criterion Collection]

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  • Blu-ray
  • 2 discs
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Gillo Pontecorvo's 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.
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  • Credits
    Yacef Saadi, Jean Martin, Brahim Haggiag
  • Critic Reviews
    "The film itself remains as powerful as ever, both on a formal level and as political drama."
    Sight and Sound

    "[W]hat's most impressive about this 1965 epic of revolution is the realization that its compelling imagery and its powerful insights are so continually relevant that this film isn't back, it's never really left us."
    Los Angeles Times

    "A thrilling film, shocking and often unsubtle, it's also an eerily prescient snapshot of 21st-century global politics."
    Uncut

    "[The film] casts an eerie shadow over a world rocked by the underground politics of fear and rage."
    Entertainment Weekly

    "Its vitality and immediacy are undiminished."
    Total Film

    4 stars out of 5 -- "As Pontecorvo looks at the impact of war on all those who live through it, it remains desperately relevant today."
    Ultimate DVD

    "[T]he 1965 classic is a revealing look at the mind-set of terrorists that is so relevant to current events that it was screened at the Pentagon."
    USA Today

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