In the summer of 2003, when it was becoming clear that the U.S. mission in Iraq wouldn’t be quick or easy, Pentagon officials attended a screening of The Battle of Algiers (1966, Not Rated, 2 hrs., 1 min.). Why? Because Gillo Pontecorvo’s vérité look at Algeria’s bloody battle for independence from France in the ’50s is both a how-to manual for guerrilla terrorism and a cautionary tale about how to fight it. It’s also quite possibly the finest war film ever made. Just out in a new Criterion Blu-ray edition, Algiers is a must-see movie…even if your home theater isn’t as sweet as the Pentagon’s. A
WAR MOVIE An account of the bloodiest revolution in modern history in The Battle of Algiers (The Kobal Collection)
Genre: Foreign Language, Drama; Starring: Brahim Haggiag, Jean Martin; Director: Gillo Pontecorvo; MPAA Rating: Unrated
Posted August 4 2011 — 12:00 AM EDT
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