Film Series - Forms of Realism: THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS (1966)


Location: Browning Cinema, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center

Introduction Video


The Battle of Algiers


Directed by Gillo Pontecorvo

Not Rated, 121 minutes, 35mm

French and Arabic with English subtitles

Introduced by Alan O'Leary, Associate Professor of Italian, University of Leeds

Chronicling the years of insurgency which preceded Algeria’s liberation from French rule in 1962, Gillo Pontecorvo's celebrated docudrama has gained even greater prescience in the wake of the War on Terror (it was privately screened for the Bush administration in 2003) for its representation of torture and guerrilla warfare. Free for Notre Dame students.

Part of the Nanovic Film Series: Forms of Realism

Co-Sponsored by Italian Studies at Notre Dame

Alan O'Leary

Alan O’Leary is Director of Research and Innovation in the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies, University of Leeds. He has published several books and many articles on Italian cinema and co-founded the annual Film Issue of The Italianist. His current project is entitled “Italian Cinemas/Italian Histories” and he is working on a monograph on film and history in Italy and another on the 1966 film The Battle of Algiers.