Revolution Cinema: 5 Films To Put On Your To-See List This July 4th Holiday Weekend

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by Tambay A. Obenson
July 3, 2013 3:28 PM
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3- Gillo Pontecorvo’s 1966 masterpiece, Battle Of Algiers. 'Nuff said! It's a film that's been plugged so much on this site over the last 4 years since the site was created, that I don't think an introduction is necessary! 

A film that was considerably controversial in its day (it was banned in France for a number of years, for obvious reasons), The Battle of Algiers reconstructs events that occurred during the Algerian war of independence from the French colonists, in the late 1950s.

Recalling its rallying cry:

It's difficult to start a revolution... ... even more difficult to sustain one... ... and still more difficult to win one.

It's a seminal work of cinema that still very much holds and feels like a breath of fresh air, and quite a rush, still, 60 years later, due, in large part, to Pontecorvo’s goal of realistic representation through a distinct grainy newsreel-like cinematography, use of real locations and observance of factual information. 

The Battle of Algiers still resonates today as an authentic and unique insight into the Algerian conflict. It's even been said that the United States Department of Defense used the film as a learning tool in matters of guerrilla warfare, to assist during the Iraqi insurgency in the early 2000s. 

It's one of my all-time favorite films, and certainly temporally apropos, not only in light of July 4 celebrations, but also uprisings taking place around the world currently - notably in Northern Africa. It's available on home video as well.

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  • James Madison | July 3, 2013 8:05 PMReply

    The Black Power Mixtape (that I found out about at S&A) is a very good film. A lot of insight. I saw it at the IFC theater and ned to pick it up.

    I have not see The Spook Who Sat By The Door since high school.

    Good picks.

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