Friday, 18 June 2010

(500) Films of Empire - Day 276

120 - Battle of Algiers - 4 stars
It is hard to believe that this is not a documentary but a dramatisation of events during the late Fifties in Algiers during the battle for independence.
Filmed in 1966 when emotions must still have been running high, there is an incredible sense of honesty, realism and authenticity throughout, especially in the scenes of bomb attacks and prisoner interrogation. The use of handheld cameras helping to increase the sense of realism.
A very powerful piece of filmmaking (with music by a certain Mr. Morricone) that shows the fight from both the side of the freedom fighters and the police trying to keep the peace and save lives.

Days remaining - 89 Films remaining - 91

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