Continuing FAMP Art’s tradition of shedding light on some of the greatest foreign films ever made, they’re excited to announce their next officially licensed release for the 1966 seminal Italian/Algerian co-production, The Battle of Algiers.
Considered one of the most influential political films ever, Gillo Pontecorvo’s The Battle of Algiers focuses on an important year in the Algerian struggle for independence from the French in the 1950s. As time goes on, the level of violence rises as the Algerians utilize guerilla tactics to attack French soldiers and civilians while the soldiers opt for torturing the insurgents. Filmed in a vivid documentary style on the streets of Algiers, The Battle of Algiers is as relevant today is it was 60 years ago due to its study of warfare in the modern age, terrorist attacks vs the harsh techniques used to counter them.
Gillo Pontecorvo’s incredibly important film still remains on many “greatest films of all-time” lists and was nominated for three Academy Awards. The score was composed by the legendary Ennio Morricone and shot in a documentary style to bring us into the heart of the conflict. The film showcases both the French and Algerian points of view so as to be as balanced as possible, choosing not to show any sort of favoritism to one side.
To capture the essence of the film, FAMP Art teamed up with artist and designer Jay Shaw to illustrate a poster that would be representative of the film and the struggles within. The design is simple, bold and, with the events going on around the world today, some might say even risqué. The film’s origins are in multiple languages, but they opted to release a print with the French title treatment, acting as a balancing mechanism to the Algerian focused illustration, similar to the way the film is structured.
The Battle of Algiers by Jay Shaw will go on sale via the FAMP Art website on February 18th at 12pm EST. The screen print measures 18”x24”, will cost $35, and is an edition of 40. The print ships World Wide except to Italy.