The Battle of Algiers

  • Thur Oct 4
    7:00 • WSH
  • Fri Oct 5
    7:15 • WSH
The Battle of Algiers

introduced by Prof Sabine Haenni (Performing & Media Arts) on Oct 4

Gillo Pontecorvo
Jean Martin, Yacef Saadi, Brahim Haggiag

A stirring pseudo-documentary about the Algerian revolution against the imperialist French, this showing commemorates the 50th anniversary of Algerian independence. The film treatment was written by an Algerian National Liberation Front (FLN) leader while in a French prison, who upon his release produced the film. With a compelling score by Ennio Morricone and remarkable footage shot in the labyrinthine lanes of the Casbah and on the streets of Algiers, the film was nominated for numerous Academy Awards and won the Grand Prize at the Venice Film Festival.


35mm bw
2 hours 3 minutes
release year/country
1966 Italy