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La bataille d' Alger = the Battle of Algiers [videorecording (DVD)]

Physical Description:
3 videodiscs (121 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (35 pages ; 18 cm).
disc 1. The film -- disc 2. Pontecorvo and the film -- disc 3. The film and history.
The film is considered one of the most influential political films in history, by Gillo Pontecorvo. Vividly re-creates a key year in the tumultuous Algerian struggle for independence from the occupying French in the 1950s. As violence escalates on both sides, children shoot soldiers at point-blank range, etc. Shot on the streets of Algiers in documentary style, the film is a case study in modern warfare, with its terrorist attacks and the brutal techniques used to combat them.
System Details Note:
DVD, NTSC, region 1, widescreen (1.85:1) aspect ratio, monoaural.
Target Audience Note:
MPAA rating: Not rated.
Video disc
Production, Publication, Distribution, Manufacture, and Copyright Notice:
[Irvington, NY] : The Criterion Collection, [2013]
General Note:
Originally released as a motion picture in 1966.

Based on a true story by Saadi Yacef.

Special features: Disc 1: Production gallery; Theatrical trailers. Disc 2: Gillo Pontecorvo : the dictatorship of truth (documentary of the director presented by literary critic Edward Said); Marxist poetry : the making of The battle of Algiers; Five directors (interviews with filmmakers Spike Lee, Mira Nair, Julian Schnabel, Steven Soderbergh, and Oliver Stone on the film's influence, style, and importance). Disc 3: Remembering history (documentary on the Algerian experience of the battle for independence); "États d'armes" (documentary excerpt featuring senior French military officers recalling the use of torture and execution to combat the Algerian rebellion); A case study (program featuring U.S. counterterrorism experts Christopher Isham, Richard A. Clarke, and Michael A. Sheehan); Return to Algiers (documentary in which the filmmaker revisits the country after three decades of independence). Booklet featuring a new essay by film scholar Peter Matthews, a reprinted interview with cowriter Franco Solinas, and biographical sketches of key figures in the French-Algerian War by political science scholar Arun Kapil.