Friday, September 21, 2018
"The Battle of Algiers" plays at the Castro in San Francisco
The Castro Theater in San Francisco was showing “The Battle of Algiers” and I indeed had seen it in 2004 shortly at the Landmark E Street in downtown Washington DC shortly after the theater opened.
The black and white film was directed in 1966 by Gillo Pontecorvo and later restored for distribution by Rialto. It shows the (Muslim) resistance of residents against French colonial occupiers, whose tactics included suspending due process.
Perhaps this film helps explain the growing resentment of the West in much of the Middle East, beyond Palestine.
Algerians were then legally French citizens. There is one sequence in the film with a clock that resembles a similar idea in "High Noon".
The film can be rented on YouTube for $2.99. The restored version is available from the Criterion Collection in Blu-Ray (expensive).