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The Battle of Algiers (1966) Case Study

Rob Miller | Wednesday October 29, 2014

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, World Cinema, The Battle of Algiers, Genres & Case Studies, Crime, Drama, History, War, Hot Entries, Key Concepts, Audience, Film Language, Representation

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In 2010, The Guardian newspaper published a story entitled “Algeria (national football squad) prepare for World Cup battle by watching The Battle of Algiers.?. Given the centrality of football to our contemporary popular culture, this incident might offer some suggestion of the cyclical power of cultural discourse and the transmission of a given film text’s thematic content in terms of the process of how it is decoded and appropriated by particular audiences at particular moments in time.

The Battle of Algiers has been much written about over the nearly fifty years since its original release. At the Sight & Sound page for the film we read the following comment about the film: “One of the cinema’s great political masterpieces, as important as Eisenstein’s Battleship Potemkin 40 years earlier…? [1] It is a film that is widely accepted as a classic of modern world cinema and, by the word ‘classic’ we mean a cultural product that continues to allow audiences, beyond its original audience the chance to generate meanings and points of…

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