Friday, October 13, 2006

Battle of Algiers

Is is not just a classic movie, it is a great political movie. It shows that the current so called Muslim Middle East grew out of nationalist, secular, anti-colonial struggles.

Battle of Algiers director dies
Gillo Pontecorvo
Pontecorvo was nominated for two Oscars
Italian film-maker Gillo Pontecorvo, who directed The Battle Of Algiers, has died at the age of 86.

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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