Play Dates

July 16 – 19    New York, NY    FILM FORUM

The Battle of Algiers Play Dates


Algiers/Italy, 1966
: Gillo Pontecorvo
Producer: Saadi Yacef, Antonio Musu
Cast: Brahim Haggiag, Jean Martin, Saadi Yacef
Screenwriter: Franco Solinas, Gillo Pontecorvo
Based on an idea by Saadi Yacef
Cinematography: Marcello Gatti
Music: Ennio Morricone, Gillo Pontecorvo
Genre: Drama, War
Black & White
Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
Language: Arabic and French with English subtitles, English
Running Time: 123 minutes

A history of the three-year Battle of Algiers, chronicling the escalating terrorism and violence between French military forces and the Algerian guerrilla movement.

Awards and Nominations:
Golden Lion, FIPRESCI Prize (Venice Film Festival, 1966)
Best Foreign Language Film nomination (Academy Awards, 1967)
Best Director nomination - Gillo Pontecorvo (Academy Awards, 1969)
Best Writing, Story & Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen nomination - Franco Solinas, Gillo Pontecorvo (Academy Awards, 1969)
UN Award (BAFTA, 1972)

Reviews and Quotes 2

"ASTONISHING! A political thriller of unmatched realism!"
- A.O. Scott, The New York Times

"A GREAT FILM...Everything about this film says it's real, it's happening now, it's important."
- Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

"PULSES WITH ENERGY! As urgent, intense, prescient as ever!"
- Ann Hornady, The Washington Post

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