Three Major Film Directors: The Battle of Algiers

Posted: January 28, 2015 in Videos to Watch
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  1. Hassan Boqaei says:

    It is interesting how Pontecorvo did not Idealize any side from this revolution, as the attacks committed by the French were equally portrayed to the attacks done by the FLN.

  2. Rya Inman says:

    I agree with Hassan that the film was especially interesting in the way it portrayed the attacks. It showed the torture done by the French military, but it also showed and even highlighted the attacks that the FLN and supporters carried out, essentially glorifying their actions in the struggle. The film did much less to criticize the French for their wrongdoings, and instead it focused on portraying the battle from an Algerian nationalist’s perspective and glorifying their actions.

    • I agree that the movie might have been more through the lens of the Algerians. However, I think the movie was overall more like a documentary that showed just what happened, from both sides. The French tortured the Algerians, and the FLN murdered innocent French people (and some soldiers). I don’t agree that the movie glorified FLN’s actions. The movie’s portrayal of the bombings that the FLN carried out (many would call it terrorism) was very real and evoked visceral reaction from the viewers at how unforgiving they were. The movie really made me see both sides of the picture.

      • eunsoljun15 says:

        I agree with Seungjung that the film wasn’t really biased to one side. Each side had its faults and its disasters, and the movie really portrayed well the power of asymmetric warfare. Violence seems devastating to anyone, and is a sensitive topic that demands a reaction.

      • miralobaidi says:

        I agree with you Seungjung. I believe the movie was just an honest unbiased portrayal of the vicious cycle that the French and the FLN had been a part of. By vicious cycle I mean the terrorist attacks that lead to torture and vice versa.

      • Mallak Al Husban says:

        well said Seungjung. I really loved the way the movie was directed. The movie displays the cycle that both french people and Algerians have been put in. There was no escape; one action leads to another. It is an endless cycle of killing and bloodshed. In order to put an end to it, one side must give up something up. The scary part is that both sides’ actions are justifiable.

      • Yasmine Malas says:

        I agree with you, Seung Jung, that the film wasn’t biased in their portrayal of the Battle of Algiers. I feel that everything was illustrated in the way that it truly happened. The planning and tactics of the FLN are things that many viewers would disagree with and would constitute as terrorism towards the French. No matter which side a viewer was on prior to watching the film, they will receive clips as accurate depictions of the incident.

  3. eunsoljun15 says:

    Violence is devastating to anyone, and is a sensitive topic that demands a reaction (the reaction varies from case to case). **

  4. abbyhungate says:

    I think its interesting how accurate people see this film to be. Something as delicate as the topic of war is something that is hard to portray in film and in a way that doesn’t offend one particular side. I think it was really important that these people made this film and even though it isn’t a documentary, it is still extremely accurate and the war deserves to be showed. It was almost an educational film, although it wasn’t a documentary. I think it also was important that it wasn’t a documentary, as that could cause a negative reaction, but the directors did a really good job in making an unbiased film on the Algerian War.

  5. Zaid Khalaf says:

    The film did much less to criticize the French for their wrongdoings, and instead it focused on portraying the battle from an Algerian nationalist’s perspective and glorifying their actions.

  6. Hamza Ali says:

    I thought it was a really good movie, just wished it had color.
    (PS): ALI LA POINTE is an awesome name.

  7. Ahmed Al-Nabhani says:

    The film shows that Algerian war from the Algerians point of view, it also showed us why they used terrorism and Anti-Semitic to try to get rid of the French, and showed us that terrorism is not always bad, sometimes it is the right thing to do, in order to achieve a goal the same way the Algerians did. The film also Shed us why the French used torture even though it is inhuman, but it was highly effective.

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