Wednesday, May 20, 2009

CAN MOVIES HELP CHANGE THE WORLD?



YES. THEY CAN.

And if you live in the Southern California area, you can find out just how by going to see THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS. This landmark masterpiece of docudrama realism BLEW ME OFF THE PLANET when I saw the first time (about two months ago when TiVo caught it one night on TCM or IFC at three in the morning...). Now you have a chance to see it on THE BIG SCREEN.

ALGIERS screens at the American Cinematheque's Egyptian Theatre on Sunday, May 31st at 7:30. What's it about? I'll let the Cinematheque folks tell you all about it:

In conjunction with the exhibition at the Getty Research Institute (May 19-October 18) "Walls of Algiers: Narratives of the City", join us for the screening:

BATTLE OF ALGIERS, 1966, Rialto Pictures, 121 min. The Algerian struggle for independence is presented in a compelling, ultra-realistic style by director Gillo Pontecorvo in this landmark 1965 docudrama. Refusing to make villains of either the colonialist French or the bomb-throwing rebels, Pontecorvo weaves a morally complex, dramatically riveting tapestry that presents a balanced yet passionate view of revolution. Frances Terpak, Senior Collections Curator of Getty Research Institute, will introduce the screening.

If you live anywhere near LA, GO SEE THIS MOVIE. You will never look at the modern day "war on terror" or our involvement in Iraq and Vietnam the same again.

And if you don't live in LA, RENT or NETFLIX this movie ASAP. You won't regret it... it's a powerful, truly moving experience.

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