Directed by Gillo Pontecorvo, not rated, 121 minutes
The Battle of Algiers is a brilliantly made and remarkably realistic film about the bloody revolution in Algeria against the French. The film takes a surprisingly unbiased look at the revolution, showing the good parts and the deplorable parts of both sides. The film feels almost like a documentary, using many real people as opposed to actors, and a look similar to a news reel. The film can be hard to watch, as the brutality looks real and events are true, but the powerful story is fascinating and enlightening. The Battle of Algiers is a monumental and illuminating film that has a powerful message and an unforgettable true story. You'll like it if: You like political thrillers, historical dramas, war movies, Lawrence of Arabia, All Quiet on the Western Front or Rome, Open City.