If you have not seen Pontecorvo’s 1966 masterpiece, The Battle of Algiers, I both admonish you and, yet, envy you.
I admonish you in that you have not done enough research into revolutionary art to have found this film. Yet, I envy you because you have yet to get that first breath of excitement when viewing the film the first time you only have once.
TBA is an intentionally grainy, black and white film shot in documentary style with a revolutionary heart. It is directed by Gillo Pontecorvo dramatizing the Algerian urban guerilla fighters during the fight for independence against the French colonialists. It concerns the guerilla tactics used by the NLF (FLN) and French paratroopers sent to quash the violent uprising which lasted for those three years.
Independence would finally be won by the Algerians in 1962, but this film centers around three years of bombings, assassinations, and torture allowing the French forces to end the most violent phase of the fighting.
Below are two links you can use to view the film. Watch Now!:
Today I watched the classic 1966 French film “The Battle of Algiers” (available on YouTube). It’s about the urban uprising in the city of Algiers between 1954-1957 during the French-Algerian war when the people of Algeria where trying to overthrow the yoke of French colonization.
But what interested me most was the comparison of “The Battle of Algiers” with another picture I saw this week, “Zero Dark Thirty.” In “The Battle of Algiers,” the Algerian FLN (National Liberation Front) is a terror organization who is pitted against the antagonistic French paratrooper force who uses torture and heavy-handed methods to root out the FLN’s leaders and temporarily put down the movement. But, whereas in “Zero Dark Thirty,” the protagonists are the United States’ CIA who has to use torture to get the information they need to find and kill the enemy terror group’s leader, Osama bin Laden.
So just remember that one group’s terrorists are another group’s freedom fighters.