Never seen “ The Battle of Algiers “ before . I downloaded it a couple of days ago . What a film ... no wonder it won so many awards . Too much to take in with just one viewing . Being in black and white it is even more dramatic . The terrorist organisation , tactics and attacks …. bombings and shootings … I am sure created models . Well filmed outdoors and lots of just ordinary people as extras which again adds to the realism . Surprised that attempts were not made by the authorities to suppress / censor the film because of the torture scenes ** ….they have form … France banned the showing of “ Paths of Glory “ for a number of years
I was on a two week school trip / holiday to Paris in the mid 50’s and remember a lot of heavily armed Police especially outside their local HQ which was just around the corner from the Hotel ... perhaps that was just the norm
ETA ... ** Now found out it was also banned for a number of years in France
And that fantastic music by Ennio Morricone.
Showing his proper composing credentials in spite of the crap he wrote during his 'Spaghetti Western' period.
I can only presume that Morricone did the Clint Eastwood stuff etc to pay some bills.
The great man himself conducting the theme to The Battle of Algiers >>