It's the first non-English-language film many English speakers see for good reason! Pretty much perfect and I love how the villain could easily be the hero of another film in the neorealist genre.
This film: A stirring neorealist epic about a real historical anti-colonialist struggle, directed by a literal Communist, starring genuine FLN soldiers playing characters heavily based on themselves, was banned in France but is loved in Algeria
Idiot Westerners on Letterboxd: OMG this is so epic because it shows how BOTH SIDES had a point!
(In fairness, the director Gillo Pontecorvo publicly claimed the film was "politically neutral", but that was after he got literal death threats from the far right…
"This is nothing but vulgar, low-brow, potty humor thinly disguised as satire. It saddens me that the Onion has stooped to this lowest common denominator pandering to the masses."
- The Onion Movie (2008)
"Entering a data black spot now. Kiss you later, cutie!"
- The final text sent to me by my friend Azura, on the day she was murdered (2021)
20th June, 2021, 11:04pm: I sit at my computer, watching classic Onion skits. As The Onion does, they…