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Battle of Algiers
Topic by: Scaramouche
Posted: April 20, 2004 - 4:23 PM PDT
Last Reply: July 16, 2004 - 5:23 PM PDT

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Scaramouche
post #1  on April 20, 2004 - 4:23 PM PDT  
The Battle of Algiers will be released by Criterion this year. No date has been announced.

Mark
underdog
post #2  on April 20, 2004 - 5:46 PM PDT  
> On April 20, 2004 - 4:23 PM PDT markwood wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> The Battle of Algiers will be released by Criterion this year. No date has been announced.
>
> Mark
> ---------------------------------


Great news, isn't it!

And there's a cool quicktime trailer of the film itself on apple's site, for those who are interested...
Cinenaut
post #3  on April 21, 2004 - 4:04 PM PDT  
It's funny how older movies can suddenly become more timely. Somebody makes a movie, puts it out there, it's forgotten for a while and then it seems vitally important 40 years later.
dpowers
post #4  on April 22, 2004 - 8:46 AM PDT  
maybe i shouldn't say anything since i essentially murdered the strawberry eggs thread. anywho.

this flick seriously shook up a very sensitive friend of mine, who told me he'd "just been to war." it's funny though, the reaction among young folk who might be getting through this their first look at the colonial politics of the time, they seem to identify with the french very strongly, even to the point of assuming that the opening execution was (or could have been) legal, justified, and necessary, without any such indication in the film. i suppose it wasn't much different back when it was first released, in the countries where the france-algeria situation wasn't front page news.

before seeing it though, if you've never seen gandhi i'd recommend that to lay out some of the political groundwork and for historical context. the decisions that both the algerians and the french make are pretty different. algeria then and now are clearly what m.k. gandhi was trying to avoid.
dpowers
post #5  on April 22, 2004 - 11:20 PM PDT  
2 for 2?
Cinenaut
post #6  on April 23, 2004 - 10:13 AM PDT  
I'd have more to contribute if I'd actually seen the film.
hamano
post #7  on April 23, 2004 - 3:53 PM PDT  
deepee, try to kill Going Undercover!
Please.
Cinenaut
post #8  on April 23, 2004 - 4:20 PM PDT  
> On April 23, 2004 - 3:53 PM PDT hamano wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> deepee, try to kill Going Undercover!
> Please.
> ---------------------------------

You could be Algeria to Going Undercover's colonial French government.

sinisterguffaw
post #9  on April 23, 2004 - 4:37 PM PDT  
I am so sorry for anyone harmed by that thread. Please, dpowers, if you do indeed have the touch of death, put it and us out of our misery.

I've never been big on "Battle of..." movies, and I'm sure I'm missing out on some great flicks because of it. I guess I've always figured if you've seen one war movie you've seen 'em all. I think it's time I opened up my mind and let the Battle of Algiers in.
underdog
post #10  on April 23, 2004 - 4:54 PM PDT  
> On April 23, 2004 - 4:37 PM PDT sinisterguffaw wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> I've never been big on "Battle of..." movies, and I'm sure I'm missing out on some great flicks because of it. I guess I've always figured if you've seen one war movie you've seen 'em all. I think it's time I opened up my mind and let the Battle of Algiers in.
> ---------------------------------

Yes, you should -- it's very different than any others. Influential, taut, and oh so very... "real." Plus it's got this great Morricone score.

Eoliano
post #11  on April 24, 2004 - 1:21 PM PDT  
SG, browse through this Film Forum page where you'll find a description of The Battle of Algiers as well as links to several informative articles and reviews.
Eoliano
post #12  on April 24, 2004 - 1:27 PM PDT  
And I forgot, this recently up at Criterion:

The Battle of Algiers 3-DVD Set Coming in Autumn

Criterions upcoming release of Gillo Pontecorvos landmark 1965 film The Battle of Algiers will be a three DVD set. This special edition will include a new transfer supervised by cinematographer Marcello Gatti and a number of features created specifically for the Criterion release, including new interviews with writer/director Gillo Pontecorvo, producer/actor Saadi Yacef, actor Jean Martin, Marcello Gatti, composer Ennio Morricone, and historians Benjamin Stora and Alistair Horne. Also featured will be filmmakers speaking to the film's importance, including directors Steven Soderbergh, Julian Schnabel, and Spike Lee. Look for Criterions The Battle of Algiers this autumn.
Ralsar
post #13  on April 24, 2004 - 2:29 PM PDT  
A 3 dvd set? Wow nice. Criterion has been pretty consistently great in putting out DVDs. I look forward to this one.
dpowers
post #14  on April 24, 2004 - 5:55 PM PDT  
yeah i think i read somewhere that spike had this a little in mind while working on 25th hour
redMetta
post #15  on May 7, 2004 - 8:51 PM PDT  
GREAT! How about "The Battle of Chile?" That's a most hot documentary of the US-backed coup, shot in Chile where and when it was happening. Pleez pleez pleez
redMetta
post #16  on May 11, 2004 - 1:53 AM PDT  
and "Maria's Story," a documentary of the war in El Salvador shot hand-held in rebel territory, some during combat. To me, very inspiring, especially since i found out that the people in the documentary were "for real," including the lead, a FMLN field leader of a small mobile unit who grew up dirt-poor in a village.
sinisterguffaw
post #17  on May 12, 2004 - 3:24 PM PDT  
> On April 24, 2004 - 1:21 PM PDT Eoliano wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> SG, browse through this Film Forum page where you'll find a description of The Battle of Algiers as well as links to several informative articles and reviews.
> ---------------------------------

Thanks Captian Eo!

I guess I forgot this thread after I posted that last comment.
Scaramouche
post #18  on May 20, 2004 - 3:19 PM PDT  
The latest update from Criterion is that they expect this to be released in either September or October.

m.p.
Eoliano
post #19  on May 20, 2004 - 7:36 PM PDT  
> Thanks Captian Eo!

No sweat SG. I haven't been back to this thread either, probably because it most likely got buried beneath all those damned games people play!

Speaking of Pontecorvo, it'll be an additional plus when Burn!/Queimada finally arrives on DVD. Unfortunately, no word from Criterion is forthcoming...
Scaramouche
post #20  on June 28, 2004 - 9:41 AM PDT  
There is a terrific long interview in the Summer issue of Cineaste with the former Algerian radical who is featured in the film and who wrote the initial screenplay which was adapted for the film.

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