The Kobal Collection
Chris Nashawaty
August 04, 2011 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Battle of Algiers

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
Wide Release Date
01/09/04
performer
Brahim Haggiag, Jean Martin
director
Gillo Pontecorvo
distributor
Rialto Pictures
author
Gillo Pontecorvo, Franco Solinas
genre
Foreign Language, Drama

We gave it an A

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

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