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The Battle Of Algiers Essay

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Gillo Pontecorvo’s The Battle of Algiers is a must see movie for all. From acting to directing to politics, the audience cannot help but appreciate the film and see all of its glory. But one cannot watch it without understanding and accepting the true meaning behind this film. It is the real deal about anti-colonialism and freedom. Pontecorvo sets it up as a documentary, not wanting to take any sides. The film is very straightforward and makes the viewer feel like they are really there by a lot of the scenes that are shot. The score plays a big role in the movie by adding suspense, tension, and unity. The film had a lot of criticism when it first came out because it was the first movie set ...view middle of the document...

This shows how serious the situation in Algeria was at the time and how it was one of the many effective tactics of the well-organized FLN.
Tension and violence is starting to grow at a fast rate. The French have to send down Colonel Mathieu, who is a well-known commander, to run the French military and police. His goal is to end the Algerian resistance. The French and the FLN are becoming more hostile to one another. Each group executes bombings and shootings on the other. The scene of the FLN girls receiving orders from Jaffar, the man who makes the bombs planting them in their purses, the girls dropping them off at different locations, and when the bombs go off killing innocent people is a powerful sequence to the audience. Also, the scenes of all the torturing and other killings are a powerful message as well. We see the extraordinary measures that were taken. Each side believed these were essential actions of war. It wasn’t about what is right or wrong; it was about the necessary steps needed to be done and accomplished to win the war.
At the end of The Battle of Algiers, Jaffar and many of the FLN leaders are arrested or killed. Ali stays in his hideout knowing that the bomb is about to kill him and everyone else inside. He and many other resistant Algerians would rather die then give in and conform to the French military. The final scene of the film is taken place a couple years after Ali dies. It shows Algerian groups protesting and rioting to the French military. The movie ends by the man on the mic narrating that on July 2, 1962 a new Algerian nation was born.
One of the aspects about the picture is that it is filmed as a documentary. Pontecorvo did not want his film to be a propaganda film. He just wanted to take a serious story and film it; he just wanted to show everyone the truth behind this story of the fight for freedom by the Algerians to the French. The viewer felt inclined to be on the Algerian side because it was a fight for independence, but overall it had a neutral feeling to...

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