Classic Film Night - Pontecorvo’s Battle of Algiers
14 Mar 2013 6:00pm - 8:15pm
- Mitchell Theatre at Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts (SMSA) 280 Pitt Street
- Sydney 2000
- New South Wales
- Cost: FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Acknowledged as a masterpiece, The Battle of Algiers tells the story of the bloody Algerian war for independence from the colonial rule of France.
The French foreign legion has left Vietnam in defeat and has something to prove. The Algerians are seeking independence. The two clash. The torture used by the French is contrasted with the Algerian’s use of bombs in soda shops. The Battle of Algiers looks at war as a nasty thing that harms and sullies everyone who participates in it.
Somewhat ironically, the Pentagon, Black Panthers and IRA all studied the film to learn how to fight (or wage, as the case may be) an insurgency. The Battle of Algiers serves as a reminder that fiction can give insights and ʻtruthʼ.
ABOUT THE FILM
The Battle of Algiers (1966)
Directed by Gillo Pontecorvo
Starring Brahim Hadjadj, Jean Martin and Yacef Saadi
Free & Open to the Public
Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts
280 Pitt Street
Sydney NSW 2000
02 9262 7300
The film will be introduced and given context by Peter Rainey, an SMSA member and cinema enthusiast, who returns to an earlier passion for films as a Programme Director for a Queensland Cinema Group, now that he has retired after 40 years in the education profession.