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Cinema Politica 11/13: The Battle Of Algiers

Posted by John / November 10, 2006

Cinema Politica writes:

WHEN: Monday, November 13 at 7:30pm
WHERE: Room H-110, Concordia University, 1455 de Maisonneuve W.
COST: Free or by donation

The Battle Of Algiers is a seminal piece of cinema, one that infuses politics, conflict, culture and colonization into one staggering work. Gillo Pontecorvo's documentary-style retelling of the Algerian uprising against the colonizing French is thought by many film scholars to be the last great political film made (including Richard Porton, author of "Film and the Anarchist Imagination") and given that the production date is 1965 and the film is still regularly screened, they may be right. Pontocorvo's document is one of struggle, self-determination, colonization and violence. The Battle Of Algiers manages to capture a moment in history that was full of violence and emotion, but is never romantic or one-sided in it's portrayal of the events that took place. This film is definitely an anti-colonial work, as it should be, but when the resistance movement blow up cafés with "innocent" french teenagers inside, they are neither vilified nor romanticized. This new re-mastered version will be a treat for any cinephile, and especially those who love political film. For an article about The Battle Of Algiers, visit the Cinema Politica site:

Cinema Politica is an überculture project, and is co-sponsored by CitizenShift and Concordia University Television (CUTV). Additional support comes from our friends at the Concordia Co-op Bookstore and the Documentary Organization of Canada, Quebec Chapter.

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