THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS (1966) & PEPE LE MOKO (1937) (double feature)
Friday and Saturday, July 6-7, 2012:
Special weekend screenings July 6-7 commemorating
the 50th anniversary of Algerian independence (1962-2012)
THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS
1966, Italy/Algeria, 121 minutes, 35mm, Rialto Pictures
Directed by Gillo Pontecorvo
Written by Gillo Pontecorvo, Franco Solinas
Music by Ennio Morricone, Gillo Pontecorvo
Starring Brahim Haggiag, Jean Martin, Saadi Yacef
In French, Italian, English and Arabic
with English subtitles
Fri: 7:30 pm; Sat: 2:40 & 7:30 pm
PLUS, on the same double feature:
PEPE LE MOKO
1937, France, 94 minutes, 35mm, Rialto Pictures
Directed by Julien Duvivier
Written by Jacques Constant (adaptation),
Henri Jeanson (dialogue), Julien Duvivier (screenplay), Henri La Barthe (screenplay)
Starring Jean Gabin, Gabriel Gabrio, Saturnin Fabre, Fernand Charpin, Lucas Gridoux
In French and Arabic with English subtitles
Fri: 9:50 pm; Sat: 5:00 & 9:50 pm
Information on THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS:
The Battle of Algiers (1965), Gillo Pontecorvo's mesmerizing re-creation of Algeria's struggle for independence, will show at The New Beverly Cinema on July 6 and 7. July 5th marks the 50th anniversary of Algerian independence.
"It's difficult to start a revolutioneven more difficult to sustain oneand still more difficult to win one" a FLN organizer tells Ali-la-Pointe, former street hood and newest recruit to the cause of ridding Algeria of French occupation. Filmed by Pontecorvo and camera man Marcello Gatti in the grainy black-and-white look of newsreel footage, and produced by actual FLN organizer Saadi Yacef, the film is a how-to-guide for insurrection: from the initial cleansing of the Casbah of pimps and other corrupt players; to stealing weapons and random shootings of officials; to escalating the violence with each repressive reaction from the local authorities, culminating in a tour-de-force sequence of women recruited to carry out deadly bombings of civilian targets. From there it requires the counter-insurgency of French paratroopers, led by Colonel Matthieu (Jean Martin) to attempt to quell the uprising, using any and all methods to get the job done. "Should France remain in Algeria?" the Colonel asks a gaggle of reporters. "if your answer is yes, then you must accept all the consequences."
Banned in France upon it's initial release, then embraced by radical groups in the US as a training tool, and 25 years later, screened as a cautionary tale to brass at the Pentagon in 2003, The Battle of Algiers remains as timely as ever, as the world witnessed the "Arab Spring" of the past year.
Oscar-nominated for Best Foreign Film, Best Screenplay and Best Director and winner of the Golden Lion (Grand Prize) at the Venice Film Festival.
When a re-release combines great artistic power with lasting political interest, celluloid junkies are not the only ones who ought to be excited.
A GREAT MOVIE!"
Stuart Klawans, The New York Times
"BREATHTAKING! STUNNINGLY PROVOCATIVE! ELECTRIFYINGLY TIMELY!
Its anatomy of terror remains unsurpassed!"
Peter Rainer, New York Magazine
"A MASTERPIECE! MOVES LIKE A THRILLER!
Its ASTONISHING IMMEDIACY anticipates the artfully raw you-are-there vérité
of Bloody Sunday and Black Hawk Down."
J. Hoberman, The American Prospect
"THE BEST MOVIE I SAW ALL YEAR THEN, IN 1968, AND NOW!"
Stephen Hunter, The Washington Post
"Pontecorvo's fierce piece of 1965 agitprop is suddenly HOT HOT HOT
No movie so effectively squeezes you into the shoes of grassroots combatants
ASTONISHLY TIMELY AND AN ELECTION YEAR MUST-SEE!"
Michael Atkinson, Village Voice
"A MASTERPIECE! Surely the Most Harrowing Political Epic Ever!"
Philip Gourevitch, The New Yorker
BRILLIANT! UNFORGETTABLE! Mesmerizing Pace and Immediacy!"
Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"PULSES WITH ENERGY! As Urgent, Intense, Prescient as Ever!"
Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post
AN EXTRAORDINARY FILM! A TAUT AND SUSPENSEFUL THRILLER!"
David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"ASTONISHING! A Political Thriller of Unmatched Realism!"
A.O. Scott, The New York Times
Reviews of PEPE LE MOKO:
"Superb entertainment! One of the most compelling of all the fatalistic French screen romances!"
- Pauline Kael
"One of the undeniably influential movies of the last century."
- Elvis Mitchell, New York Times
"PéPé LE MOKO is among the most influential films of the 20th century, a precursor of both 1940s film noir and late 1940s neo-realism. The film quickly generated international acclaim, and it was responsible for director Julien Duvivier's leaving Europe to make films in Hollywood. The film's greatest strengths are its atmospheric visual richness and strong lead performances from Jean Gabin and Mireille Balin. There have been several remakes, though the film's influence has been much wider than that. The setting, ambience, and some of the characters of Casablanca, for example, owe much to Pepe Le Moko, as do numerous English-language crime films. Duvivier's work in Hollywood was of moderate success, as were his later European films, but PéPé LE MOKO represents the high point of his career."
- Richard Gilliam, allmovie.com
This is a double feature:
your ticket admits you to BOTH films!
The box office opens approximately 15 minutes before the first film and then re-opens shortly before the second film for those who wish to only see the second film. If you wish to only see the second film and purchased ticket(s) through Brown Paper Tickets, you will be able to claim your ticket(s) to the second film about 10 minutes before the second film starts.
New Beverly Cinema
7165 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
1 block west of La Brea
Plentiful street parking on Formosa Ave. after 6 PM
Served by MTA lines 14 and 212
New Beverly Cinema (View)
7165 W. Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036