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„Bitwa o Algier” – narodziny dyskursu postkolonialnego
'The Battle of Algiers' – the Birth of the Post-Colonial Discourse

Author(s): Krzysztof Loska
Subject(s): Theatre, Dance, Performing Arts
Published by: Instytut Sztuki Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Keywords: Pontecorvo Gillo; post-colonialism; quasi-documentary

Summary/Abstract: The article presents an analysis of Gillo Pontecorvo’s film “The Battle of Algiers” (“La battaglia di Algeri” /1966/) written from the post-colonial perspective. Starting from the historical context and circumstances of the creation of the script, the author aims to show the manner in which the Italian director wanted to make a film politically engaged, presenting the fall of colonialism and the creation of the Algerian state, but also a timeless masterpiece, widely regarded as the model of a modern revolutionary drama, combining the poetics of a quasi-documentary, subordinated to the “dictatorship of the truth”, with a tense storyline, and a thoughtfully composed narrative and visual dimension. On an ideological level Loska draws attention to the references to the writings of Frantz Fanon, in particular to his idea of colonial violence presented in “The Wretched of the Earth”. In the final parts of the text the author turns to the problem of the reception of the film and the debate between French film critics, who in their majority were opposed to the vision of the war for independence presented by the director.

  • Issue Year: 2015
  • Issue No: 89-90
  • Page Range: 254-268
  • Page Count: 15