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The Battle of Algiers
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The Battle of Algiers

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In the 1950s, fear and violence escalate as the people of Algiers fight for independence from the French government. As each side resorts to ever-increasing brutality, no violent act is too unthinkable.
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Fifty years after its first run, The Battle of Algiers is still a cinematic stick of dynamite.
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