La battaglia di Algeri / The Battle of Algiers

TitleLa battaglia di Algeri / The Battle of Algiers
Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication1966
AuthorsPontecorvo, Gillo
Running Time2h
Date Released09/1966
DistributorMagna, Rizzoli, Rialto Pictures
CountryItaly, Algeria
MediumEnglish subitiles
Publication LanguageFrench, Arabic

Gillo Pontecorvo directed this classic, highly influential, and controversial film, whichfocuses on the early years of the Algerian War of Independence (1954–62). The film tells the story of revolutionary fighter Ali La Pointe during the years between 1954 and 1957, when guerrilla fighters of the Algerian National Liberation Front (FNL) regrouped and expanded into the Casbah, the citadel of Algiers. Their actions were stymied by French paratroopers attempting to regain territory. The highly dramatic film is about the organization of a guerrilla movement and the illegal methods, such as torture, used by the colonial power to contain it. Algeria succeeded in gaining independence from the French, which Pontecorvo addresses in the film's epilogue. The film was banned in France for five year after its release.


Jean Martin

Saadi Yacef

Brahim Haggiag

Tommaso Neri


Directed by Gillo Pontecorvo

Produced by Antonio Musu and Yacef Saadi

Written by Gillo Pontecorvo and Franco Solinas

Music by Ennio Morricone and Gillo Pontecorvo

Cinematography by Marcello Gatti

Edited by Mario Morra and Mario Serandrei

Alternate TitleLa battaglia di Algeri, معركة الجزائر‎
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