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Battle of Algiers - Dual Format Special Edition DVD

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CultFilms is proud to present the newly restored 4K version of Battle of Algiers, Gillo Pontecorvo's multi award-winning masterpiece, as never seen before. Winner of the Golden Lion at the 1966 Venice Film Festival and nominated for three Oscars® (Best Director/ Screenplay and Foreign Picture), The Battle of Algiers is a unique ground-breaking film revered by filmmakers such as Ken Loach, Chris Nolan, Spike Lee, Paul Greengrass et al. Summed up by The Observer as One of the most remarkable film of all time, it features Oscars® winner Ennio Morricone's most haunting score. It arrives as a stunning luxury collector's dual-format set full of fascinating special features and a booklet in December 2017. Shot in a gritty documentary style devised by Pontecorvo, with remarkable crowd scenes, it features the then pioneering use of amateur actors including real-life guerrilla fighter Saadi Yacef (who went on to coproduce the film) all adding to the film's realism. To date, the film is used by military organisations including the Pentagon to offer insights in to guerrilla strategy and the effects of foreign occupation. Painstakingly restored in 4k by the multi-awarded L'Immagine Ritrovata - with the participation of the director's son, cinematographer and director Marco Pontecorvo - in collaboration with CultFilms, the 4K preservation of Pontecorvo's unique B&W vision was nominated for the Best Restored Film at the 2016 Venice Film Festival. Battle of Algiers is more topical and burningly relevant today than ever Extras/Episodes: New extra on the 4K restoration Booklet by Alan O'Leary (from his book on BATTLE OF ALGIERS) Interview with Dir. Gillo Pontecorvo on the making of the Battle of Algiers Interview with actor & producer S Yacef, head of FLN guerrillas, now Senator on the real battle Interview with FLN fighter Zohra Drif Bitat (guerrilla bomber and later wife of Algerian President) Exclusive in depth analysis by Director Paul Greengrass Exclusive interview with Director Ken Loach

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French drama based on the book written by Saadi Yacef about his experiences during the Algerian War of Independence. A reconstruction of events follows the people of Algiers fighting for their independence from the French government, with a flashback from Ali La Pointe (Brahim Haggiag) which shows him joining and becoming a leading member of the Algerian Front de Liberation Nationale (FLN) up until his eventual capture in 1957. Both sides escalate their brutality and violence, while children shoot soldiers, women conceal bombs in restaurants and French soldiers take extreme measures to contain the rebels. Following the capture and killing of Ali and the remaining FLN members, the story subsequently focuses on the declaration of Algerian independence in 1962.

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