Previously at the ICA - Films
11 May 2007 – 29 May 2007
"Forty years on, the film has not lost a fraction of its power" ***** Total Film
"Electrifying...a masterpiece of world cinema" ***** Empire
Director Gilles Pontecorvo's classic political-thriller gets more important with each passing year, providing as it does fascinating insight into terrorism, guerrilla warfare and state control. An urgent recounting of the war between French colonial forces and Algerian rebels, the film is a masterpiece of vivid you-are-there action and compelling procedural detail, with its drama-documentary style - using newsreel and non-professional actors - remaining a strong influence on contemporary filmmakers. A memorable score by Pontecorvo and Ennio Morricone really brings the film to emotional life.
A Maiden Voyage Pictures Release.
Dir Gillo Pontecorvo, Algeria/Italy 1965, 117 mins.