The Battle of Algiers

The Battle of Algiers, a movie based on the Algerian War of Independence against the French colonizers. The movie depicts the period between 1954 and 1957 when the National Liberation Front (FLN) fought its guerrilla warfare against the French occupying force. Both sides used illegal means to gain ascendancy over the other, the FLN using bombing of European quarters and the French using various degrees of torture of the prisoners. The movie uses a narrative documentary format to bring alive the sequence of events. The film focuses on a few individuals who were part of the urban guerrilla warfare and the ingenious methods they use to make their point. Brahim Hadjadj as Ali la Pointe is the one actor who makes his presence felt with his intense haunting personality. The film is made quite breathtakingly beautifully by Gillo Pontecorvo and went on to win various awards including nomination for Best Foreign Film at the Oscars in 1967.

The period from 1947 to mid 1960s was the time when most of the nations got their independence from their colonial masters.

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