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The Battle of Algiers

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Original title
La battaglia di Algeri
Running time
120 min.
Italy Italy
Franco Solinas, Gillo Pontecorvo
Ennio Morricone
Marcello Gatti (B&W)
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Co-production Italy-Algeria; Igor Film / Casbah Films
War. Drama | 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.
1968: 2 Nominations for Oscar: Best Director, Original Screenplay
1966: Nominated for Oscar: Best Foreign Language Picture
1967: New York Film Critics Circle: Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film
1966: Venice Film Festival: Golden Lion
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