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Old 06-27-04, 05:07 PM
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Is 'The Battle of Algiers' a good blind buy?

I saw the information on this disc and it looks like it's got lots of great content, but even though I consider myself a film buff, I've never heard of this one.

How is it? What kind of film is it? What would be some similar movies/tastes?

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Old 06-29-04, 01:47 PM
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It is a very good film but I don't think I can recommend it as a blind buy.

The movie is shot almost like a documentary. Lots of hand camera and moving around, lots of film grain. The story is about a cell of Algerians who utilize guerilla tactics to try and drive the french out of their country in order to gain independence. A high ranking french military officer is called in to quell the uprising. The movie does a good job of showing both sides of the conflict in an impartial manner. The French used torture techniques to gather information, the Algerians planted bombs in French cafes... I found myself sympathizing with both sides of the conflict which demonstrates the strength of the movie.The film also contains some startling images that have stayed with me since I first saw it.

There has been a lot of hype lately trying to draw a parallel between what is going on in Iraq now with this movie mostly because of the types of tactics that the Algerians use and the city setting. I don't really buy into it, though. Algeria was a French colony for many years before this conflict and there is a lot of bad blood there. I wanted to mention this but I hope this doesn't turn into another political debate. That is what "Other" is for.

It is a must own for me but I don't think it is for everybody.
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Old 06-30-04, 06:11 AM
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Do you like scrappy, classic foreign language films made with non-professional actors and very little money? If yes (like me), then pre-order away.

And if you've really never heard of this one, it may be time to go to the library or your local Borders to pick up a book on the great movies.
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Old 06-30-04, 12:22 PM
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I wasn't aware that this is available on DVD. If so I want it!
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Old 06-30-04, 12:57 PM
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I wasn't aware that this is available on DVD. If so I want it!
It is going to be released by Criterion later this year.
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Old 07-02-04, 02:02 AM
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