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The Battle of Algiers (8-Sep-1966)

Original Title: La battaglia di Algeri

Director: Gillo Pontecorvo

Writers: Gillo Pontecorvo; Franco Solinas

Keywords: Drama, Explosions, Algeria

Algerian terrorist fight the brutal French occupation in the Algerian War for Independence; film transpires 1956-57 in the capital, Algiers. Pontecorvo gives it the feel of a documentary, filming largely with nonprofessional actors. It is difficult to believe some of the scenes are not real. Received Oscar nominations for Best Foreign Language film in 1967, and for Best Director and Best Screenplay in 1969. Won the Leone d'Oro, the highest prize at the Venice Film Festival.


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