The Battle of Algiers

Lists: Drama, Historical, War, Sight And Sound Critics Top 250

Brief Synopsis: "This highly political film about the Algerian struggle for independence from France took "Best Film" honors at the 1966 Venice Film Festival. The bulk of the film is shot in flashback, presented as the memories of Ali (Brahim Haggiag), a leading member of the Algerian Front de Liberation Nationale (FLN), when finally captured by the French in 1957. Three years earlier, Ali was a petty thief who joined the secretive organization in order to help rid the Casbah of vice associated with the colonial government. The film traces the rebels' struggle and the increasingly extreme measures taken by the French government to quell what soon becomes a nationwide revolt. After the flashback, Ali and the last of the FLN leaders are killed, and the film takes on a more general focus, leading to the declaration of Algerian independence in 1962."

Overall Ranking: 2 (Rank from 1966: # 1)

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People Involved

  • Brahim Hadjadj (Ali La Pointe)
  • Jean Martin (Col. Mathieu)
  • Yacef Saadi (Djafar)
  • Ugo Paletti (Captain)
  • Fusia El Kader (Halima)
  • Samia Kerbash (One of the girls)
  • Omar ()
  • Mohamed Ben Kassen (Petit Omar)
  • Gillo Pontecorvo (Director)
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