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Thursday, April 7 2011

Revolution in the Mirror: Life Imitates Art in the Middle East and North Africa

Mass uprisings were sweeping the Middle East and North Africa just as Sergei Eisenstein’s 86-year-old agit-prop masterwork, Battleship Potemkin, commenced a multi-city US tour.


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Thursday, August 18 2011

Really Rocking the Casbah: 'The Battle of Algiers'

You might know that director Gillo Pontecorvo drew inspiration for this film from Franz Fanon's The Wretched of the Earth. But did you know that Paul Newman was considered for the lead role?


Thursday, May 6 2010

This Highly Divisive Film Alternates Between Powerful Realism and Sanitized Melodrama

The idea of a “sort of” Holocaust depiction is ridiculous – indeed, it is offensive. Yet how graphic does it have to be in order to overcome this problem?


Sunday, January 16 2005

The Battle of Algiers: Criterion Collection (1967)

Things are never as simple as administrations would like us (and themselves) to believe.


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