Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Battle of Algiers, The

Dir: Gillo Pontecorvo, 1965, Italy (9.2*)

Perhaps the most ambitious re-creation of historical events for any docudrama, at times you'll swear its real footage. Pontecorvo deservedly got a Best Director nomination for this taut story of a terrorist network fighting for Algierian independence from France. As topical today, this story should be seen by anyone interested in the international political situation. Beautiful black and white cinematography as this still shot shows.

In light of recent events and films, such as The Hurt Locker and Rendition, this film now has topical relevance again in the new millenium.

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These are the individual film reviews of what I'm considering the best 1000 dvds available, whether they are films, miniseries, or live concerts. Rather than rush out all 1000 at once, I'm doing them over time to allow inclusion of new releases - in fact, 2008 has the most of any year so far, 30 titles in all; that was a very good year for films, one of the best ever.



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