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The Battle of Algiers

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Oct. 27th, 2006 | 02:30 pm
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From Wikipedia:
Gillo Pontecorvo (November 19, 1919 – October 12, 2006) was a Jewish Italian filmmaker, best known for La battaglia di Algeri (The Battle of Algiers) although he directed several movies before its release in 1966, such as the drama Kapò (1960), which takes place in a World War II concentration camp.

He was nominated for the Best Director Oscar in 1969 and in that same year won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, both for The Battle of Algiers. In 2000, he received the Pietro Bianchi Award at the Venice Film Festival.

He was also a screenwriter and composing music scores.

The Battle of Algiers, a portrayal of the Algerian resistance during the Algerian War, follows in the footsteps of neorealist pioneers such as de Santis and Rossellini, employing the use of newsreel-style footage and non-professional actors and focusing primarily on the disenfranchised population that seldom receives attention from the general media. Pontecorvo was clearly reading Frantz Fanon while making The Battle of Algiers, as many of Fanon's notions are echoed in the film, though often simplified. When the film achieved mass screening in the United States, Pontecorvo received a number of awards, and was also nominated for two Academy Awards for direction and co-writing. The film has been used as a training video by government strategists as well as revolutionary groups. It has been and remains extremely popular in Algeria, providing a popular memory of the struggle for liberation.

From BBC:
Gillo Pontecorvo
Pontecorvo was nominated for two Oscars Italian film-maker Gillo Pontecorvo, who directed The Battle Of Algiers, has died at the age of 86.

Pontecorvo's film depicted the brutality of both sides during the guerrilla uprising against French colonial rule in 1950s Algeria.

Shot like a documentary, the highly influential film was banned in France for some time, while its scenes of torture were cut in the US and Britain.

Twice an Oscar nominee, Pontecorvo also directed Marlon Brando in Queimada.

A resistance fighter during World War II, Pontecorvo maintained strong political passions that were reflected in his movies.

The Battle of Algiers won the 1969 Venice Film Festival's Golden Lion and was nominated for three Oscars in the best director, best screenplay and best foreign language film categories.

In 2003 the Pentagon screened the film to officers and civilian experts who were considering the challenges faced by the U.S. military in Iraq, the New York Times reported.

A flier inviting guests to the screening read: "How to win a battle against terrorism and lose the war of ideas."

Although he only directed a handful of movies, he maintained involvement in films and for two years was the director of the Venice Film Festival from 1992-4.

The news came on the eve of the first Rome Film Festival.

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from: omagdy
date: Jul. 15th, 2007 10:08 pm (UTC)
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I'm a new comer , I don,t know how to get that good footage

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Che sizzle

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from: esizzle
date: Jul. 16th, 2007 12:02 am (UTC)
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sorry you missed it, the file I uploaded was deleted by the copyright police :(

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