The Battle of Algiers is both a very good film, and a very very important one. I would recommend it even if it didn’t have tremendous parallels to the current invasion of Iraq, but it does so please check it out.
Gillo Pontecorvo, the Italian film director famous for “The Battle of Algiers,” a starkly realistic depiction of Algeria’s war of independence from France, has died in Rome, aged 86.
The documentary-style black and white film showed brutality on both sides of the 1954-62 war, including bombings of civilians by militants and torture by the military, and was banned in France for several years.
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.”