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Battle of Algiers Second Response: The film Battle of Algiers is a great film and it has historical significance. I will discuss the self-referentiality of the Arab boy with the Coca Cola cap, the meaning of the Coca Cola cap, and the controversy of the film being banned by the French. I am choosing to discuss the Coca Cola cap and the boy, because it caught my attention and I knew there was some sort of deeper meaning. The Arab boy selling refreshments resembled a little Jewish boy with hands raised in a famous WWII photograph, a comparison made almost certainly on purpose by Pontecorvo (Mason). The Coca-Cola cap raised a bigger discussion. The fact it had a Coca Cola label! Cocacolonization, a term coined by the French communists to spread awareness about Coca-Cola and Americanization (WIKI). So, the boy who seemed so innocent and got fumbled by all the scared, angry people was standing for the FLN at the wrong time by wearing the cap. The people were not just attacking him just because he was Arabian, but he was also wearing the cap to stick it to the French. Pontecorvo believed he had
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