Free Owsley Sunday Film: The Battle of Algiers

2017 French Film Festival
In conjunction with the University of Louisvilleā€™s annual French Film Festival, the Speed will offer free screenings of four classic French films in February.

The Battle of Algiers (La battaglia di Algeri)
Directed by Gillo Pontecorvo

Sunday, February 26, 12:30 pm

Free. First come, first served.

With an enduring political influence, as relevant today as when it was first released, The Battle of Algiers is a treatise on the violence and brutality of modern warfare. Utilizing a newsreel style, the film vividly captures the brutality and fear which permeated the Algerian battle for independence.

Focusing on the urban warfare between Algerian guerilla groups and French colonial forces, the film depicts the escalating violence that eventually began to draw women and children into combat. Filmed in a documentary style, Algiers would prove influential as an example of Italian neorealism applied to the ethical and political dilemmas which stood at the forefront of the Algerian War. 1966, Italy/France/Algeria, DCP, in English, French and Arabic with English subtitles, 121 minutes. Recommended for 13+.

Introduced by Remington Smith, Assistant Professor of Communications, UofL.

Additional support provided by Liberal Studies, UofL.