No newsreel or documentary footage was used in making this film, commissioned by the Algerian government and released in 1966, detailing the fight for Algerian independence against the French.
“Gillo Pontecorvo’s electrifyingly timely The Battle of Algiers has often been compared to Potemkin as an example of incendiary, documentary-style political filmmaking. But Pontecorvo’s approach is much looser, although everything is carefully choreographed. Re-creating the carnage of 1950s Algeria—bombings, assassinations, police torture—The Battle of Algiers is as relevant today as it was in 1965.” —New York Magazine
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The MFAH film department is supported by Tenaris; The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; The Consulate General of the Republic of Korea; Nina and Michael Zilkha; the National Film Preservation Foundation; Franci and Jim Crane; James V. Derrick; Ms. Melanie Gray and Mr. Mark Wawro; and Lynn S. Wyatt.