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Battle+of+Algiers - Notes on The Battle of Algiers (1966),...

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Notes on The Battle of Algiers (1966), Director Gillo Pontecorvo French 169. Instructor: Professor Roger Celestin Synopsis: This highly political film about the Algerian struggle for independence from France took "Best Film" honors at the 1966 Venice Film Festival. The bulk of the film is shot in flashback, presented as the memories of Ali (Brahim Haggiag), a leading member of the Algerian Front de Liberation Nationale (FLN), when finally captured by the French in 1957. Three years earlier, Ali was a petty thief who joined the secretive organization in order to help rid the Casbah of vice associated with the colonial government. The film traces the rebels' struggle and the increasingly extreme measures taken by the French government to quell what soon becomes a nationwide revolt. After the flashback, Ali and the last of the FLN leaders are killed, and the film takes on a more general focus, leading to the declaration of Algerian independence in 1962. Director Gillo Pontecorvo's careful re-creation of a complicated guerrilla struggle presents a rather partisan view of
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This note was uploaded on 05/09/2008 for the course FREN 169 taught by Professor Celestin during the Spring '07 term at UConn.

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