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The Battle of Algiers

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Original title
La battaglia di Algeri
Year
Running time
120 min.
Country
Italy Italy
Director
Screenwriter
Franco Solinas, Gillo Pontecorvo
Music
Ennio Morricone
Cinematography
Marcello Gatti (B&W)
Cast
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Producer
Co-production Italy-Algeria; Igor Film / Casbah Films
Genre
Drama. War | Colonialism. Terrorism. 1950s. Historical
Synopsis / Plot
A film commissioned by the Algerian government that shows the Algerian revolution from both sides. The French foreign legion has left Vietnam in defeat and has something to prove. The Algerians are seeking independence. The two clash. The torture used by the French is contrasted with the Algerian's use of bombs in soda shops. A look at war as a nasty thing that harms and sullies everyone who participates in it.
Awards
1968: 2 Nominations for Oscar: Best Director, Original Screenplay
1966: Nominated for Oscar: Best Foreign Language Picture
1966: Venice Film Festival: Golden Lion
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