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The Battle Of Algiers
Italy/Algeria 1965
Directed by Gillo Pontecorvo
Running time 135 minutes
Rated M

Reviewed by
Bernard Hemingway
4 stars

Whilst we are witnessing the renaissance of the polemical documentary, the epochal sweep and moral commitment of The Battle Of Algiers belongs to a different time and deserves to be seen by anyone interested in 'political' cinema.

DVD Extras: The only notable extra is an Italian television documentary in which Pontecorvo returns to Algeria three decades later to look at what independence has meant to the Algerians. There is a series of production still and trailers for the original and 2004 releases. The high definition digital transfer with restored sound and image quality has been supervised by the film's cinematographer, Marcello Gratti. The DVD cover however states a running time of 117 minutes, considerably shorter than the original running time.

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