Battle of Algiers director dies
Pontecorvo was nominated for two Oscars
Pontecorvo's film depicted the brutality of both sides during the guerrilla uprising against French colonial rule in 1950s Algeria.
Shot like a documentary, the highly influential film was banned in France for some time, while its scenes of torture were cut in the US and Britain.Ironic since now this is common practice by the US and Britain in Iraq.
And even more irony......
In 2003 the Pentagon screened the film to officers and civilian experts who were considering the challenges faced by the U.S. military in Iraq, the New York Times reported. A flier inviting guests to the screening read: "How to win a battle against terrorism and lose the war of ideas."
It is one of those political films that every progressive should have along with the films of Costa Gavas. Who recently co wrote a film on the Battle of Algiers, and has been given an honorary degree from SFU.
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