Film Comparison: Battle of Algiers and Culloden

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Many films based on historical events set out to not only inform the viewer of the details surrounding that event but also provide them with the feeling of being a part of it. Directors often accomplish this by using such techniques as character development and narration; as a result they provide an insight into what many of the characters are personally experiencing.
While both films, Battle of Algiers (Igor Film, 1966) and Culloden (BBC, 1964) explore themes of European Colonialism and the resistance to end it, the films address these issues using differing methodologies. The purpose of my paper will be to discuss these similarities and differences to provide the reader with an understanding of the various approaches the directors have taken in portraying similar themes.
Gillo Pontecorvo, director of Battle of Algiers was an Italian filmmaker who began his career as a photojournalist. During his time as a journalist he developed an understanding of the power that images can hold. Pontecorvo eventually transitioned to making documentaries focusing mainly on politically themed topics. It was during his time as a young documentary film maker that he began assistantships with other more established film directors; including Yves Allégret whose claim to fame was creating noir style films. These differing film styles, to which Pontecorvo was exposed in his earlier life, are conveyed in many of his later works, including Battle of Algiers.
Pontecorvo’s iconic work Battle

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