Battle Of Algiers, The: The Criterion Collection
One of the most influential films in the history of political cinema, Gillo Pontecorvo's The Battle of Algiers focuses on the harrowing events of 1957, a key year in Algeria's struggle for independence from France. Shot in the streets of Algiers in documentary style, the film vividly recreates the tumultuous Algerian uprising against the occupying French in the 1950s. As violence escalates on both sides, the French prisoners for information and the Algerians resort to terrorism in their quest for independence. Children shoot soldiers at point-blank range, women plant bombs in cafÃ©s. The French win the battle, but ultimately lose the war as the Algerian people demonstrate that they will no longer be suppressed. Pontecorvo's tour de has astonishing relevance today.