Left Bank Cinema: The Battle of Algiers
November 30 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm£4 - £5
The Battle of Algiers: masterpiece of political cinema, and one of the most influential films ever made.
Using hand-held cameras and grainy film stock, the film shows the brutal conflict in 1950s Algiers with documentary-like power. From the labyrinthine Casbah, the ‘Front de Liberation Nationale’ lead the struggle against the French colonisers, who enjoy lives of privilege in the boulevards of the ‘European’ city. French Colonel Mathieu brutally represses the Algerian revolt. Torture leads him to his nemesis, the illiterate revolutionary, Ali.
This Italian-Algerian film won the top prize at the 1966 Venice Festival. It would not be screened in France until 1971.
Dr Alan O’Leary (University of Leeds), author of a new book on the film, will introduce the film and lead a discussion with other experts.
Gillo Pontecorvo / Italy, Algeria / 1966 / 120 minutes