The most brutal, epic, and fair documentary-style film most will ever see, the (remarkably!) French-made The Battle of Algiers creates a sense of sympathy in the viewer for colonized people who became terrorizing revolutionaries and in this way achieves an excellent liberalism that demands serious national self-reflection and is undoubtedly more relevant right now than it was when first released.
A Sentence on The Battle of Algiers
12 Sep This entry was published on September 12, 2008 at 6:20 pm. It’s filed under 1960s Cinema, French Film, One-Sentence Reviews and tagged Algiers, Battle of Algiers, colonialism, France, French, Gillo Pontecorvo, revolution, terrorism. Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.
Tonight I was also reading Power and Terror: Noam Chomsky In Our Times… he addresses this specifically.
Which reminds me, have you watched Paradise Now yet?
I have entered my interlibrary loan request for it just now. There’s no line, so I should receive it shortly. Updates to follow…