Gillo Pontecorvo:
A Bibliography of Materials in the UC Berkeley Library












Bignardi, Irene.
Memorie estorte a uno smemorato : vita di Gillo Pontecorvo / Irene Bignardi. Milano : Feltrinelli, c1999.
Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.3.P664 B53 1999

Celli, Carlo.
Gillo Pontecorvo : from resistance to terrorism Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 2005.
MAIN: PN1998.3.P664 C45 2005

Pontecorvo the dictatorship of truth [video]
Examines the life and uncompromising cinema of the Italian film director Gillo Pontecorvo. Includes a view of his life and political activities before and during WWII, interviews with Pontecorvo and associates, and excerpts from his films which center around political unrest and the self destructive nature of colonialism.
Media Resources center Video/C 7465

Il coraggio delle idee : Gillo Pontecorvo : intellettuale e cineasta cosmopolita
A cura di Fabio F Santhià (Vicenza) : Grafica Santhiatese, 2000.
Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.3.P664 C673 2000

Lezra, Jacques
"Sade on Pontecorvo." Discourse 25.3 (2003) 48-75
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Mellen, Joan
"An Interview with Gillo Pontecorvo." Film Quarterly October 1972, Vol. 26, No. 1, Pages 2-10
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Michalczyk, John J.
"Gillo Pontecorvo: at the perilous crossroads of history." In: The Italian political filmmakers / John J. Michalczyk. Rutherford: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, c1986.
Main Stack PN1993.I88.M481 1986
Moffitt PN1993.I88.M48 1986

O'Leary, Alan; Srivastava, Neelam
"Violence and the Wretched: The Cinema of Gillo Pontecorvo." Italianist: Journal of the Department of Italian Studies, University of Reading and of the Department of Italian, University of Cambridge, vol. 29, no. 2, pp. 249-264, 2009
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Said, Edward.
"The Dictatorship of Truth: An Interview with Gillo Pontecorvo." Cineaste. 25(2):24-25. 2000
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"An interview between Edward Said and Italian director Gillo Pontecorvo on the occasion of "documented Fictions," a retrospective of his films at The Film Society of Lincoln Center, New York, in March 1999. The interview is supplemented by an interview between Cineaste and Pontecorvo. Topics discussed include Pontecorvo's intentions in depicting the Algerian revolution in The Battle of Algiers; the film's use of a "choral personality," a collective protagonist composed of the Algerian people; his preparation of a different ending for the film; his collaboration with screenwriter Franco Solinas; and his working relationship with Ennio Morricone, one of the world's greatest film composers." [Art Index]

Said, Edward.
"The quest for Gillo Pontecorvo." In: Reflections on exile and other essays / Edward W. Said. Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2000.
Main (Gardner) Stacks PN98.P64 S35 2000 c.2
Main (Gardner) Stacks PN98.P64 S35 2000 c.3
Main (Gardner) Stacks PN98.P64 S35 2000

Srivastava, Neelam.
"Anti-Colonial Violence and the 'Dictatorship of Truth' in the Films of Gillo Pontecorvo." Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, vol. 7, no. 1, pp. 97-106, 2005

Srivastava, Neelam.
"Interview with the Italian film director gillo pontecorvo, Rome, Italy, 1 July 2003." Interventions: The International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, Mar2005, Vol. 7 Issue 1, p107-117, 11p
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Battle of Algiers (Bataille d'Alger)

"Battle of Algiers." (review)
America v 117 Nov 4 1967. p. 521

"Battle of Algiers." (review)
Commonweal v 87 Oct 20 1967. p. 88

"Battle of Algiers." (review)
Film Quarterly v 21 Winter 1967. p. 27-9

"Battle of Algiers." (review)
Film Quarterly v 22 Spring 1969. p. 26-31

"Battle of Algiers." (review)
Film Quarterly v 26 Fall 1972. p. 2-10

"Battle of Algiers." (review)
Harper's v 235 Dec 1967. p. 133

"Battle of Algiers." (review)
Life v 63 Oct 27 1967. p. 16

"Battle of Algiers." (review)
The Nation v 205 Oct 9 1967. p. 348-9

"Battle of Algiers." (review)
The New Republic v 157 Dec 16 1967. p. 19+

"Battle of Algiers." (review)
The New Yorker v 49 Nov 19 1973. p. 236-8

"Battle of Algiers." (review)
Newsweek v 70 Oct 23 1967. p. 102

"Battle of Algiers." (review)
Saturday Review v 50 Apr 22 1967. p. 75

"Battle of Algiers." (review)
Sight and Sound v 40 no3 Summer 1971. p. 160

"Battle of Algiers." (review)
Time v 90 Sept 29 1967. p. 100-1

Behan, Tom.
"Gillo Pontecorvo: Partisan Film-maker." Film International 2008, Vol. 6 Issue 1, p23-30, 8p
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Bignardi, Irene.
"The Making of The Battle of Algiers." Cineaste." 25(2):14-22. 2000
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"The writer discusses the making of the film The Battle of Algiers in an abridged version of a chapter from Memorie Estorte a uno Smemorato (Memories extorted from an Amnesiac), a biography of Italian director Gillo Pontecorvo. Pontecorvo and Franco Solinas, who were fascinated by the events of the anticolonial struggle in Algeria and its ideological implications, and convinced that it was an urgent and important theme, were approached on behalf of Yacef Haadi, who had been the military chief of the National Liberation Front (NLF) in the autonomous zone of Algiers, who was in search of a director willing to shoot a film on the independence struggle. However, rather than using the heroic, hagiographic story the Algerians had proposed, they focused on the birth, rise, and downfall of the NLF organization between 1954 and 1957. The screenplay was concluded in the summer of 1965 and production of the film, which lasted four months and three days, began immediately afterwards on those spots where the events had actually occurred. Only one professional actor was among the cast." [Art Index]

Caillé, Patricia.
"The Illegitimate Legitimacy Of The Battle Of Algiers In French Film Culture." Interventions: The International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, Nov2007, Vol. 9 Issue 3, p371-388, 18p
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Caviglia, Francesco
"A Child Eating Ice-Cream before the Explosion: Notes on a Controversial Scene in The Battle of Algiers." p.o.v: A Danish Journal of Film Studies, vol. 20, pp. 4-19, Dec 2005

Chanan, Michael.
"Outsiders: The Battle of Algiers and political cinema." Sight & Sound, Jun2007, Vol. 17 Issue 6, p38-40, 3p
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Clò, Clarissa
"'Revolutionaries of the World Unite': Reclaiming The Battle of Algiers as an International Manifesto for Militancy." In: African diasporas : ancestors, migrations and borders / edited by Robert Cancel and Winifred Woodhull. Trenton, NJ : Africa World Press, c2008.
Main (Gardner) Stacks PN849.A35 A35 2002

Coleman, Beth
"Race as Technology." Camera Obscura: A Journal of Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies, vol. 24, no. 70 [1], pp. 177-206, 2009
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Crowdus, Gary
"The battle of Algiers." Cineaste; Vol.XVI nr.4 (1988); p.22

Crowdus, Gary
"Terrorism and Torture in The Battle of Algiers: An Interview with Saadi Yacef." Cineaste. New York: Summer 2004. Vol. 29, Iss. 3; p. 30
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Dowd, N. E
"The battle of Algiers." Film Quarterly v 22 no3 Spring 1969. p. 26-8
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Eid, H.; Ghazel, K.
"Footprints of Fanon in Gillo Pontecorvo's The Battle of Algiers and Sembene Ousamne's Xala." English in Africa, Vol. 35, Iss 2 ; Oct, Summer, 2008
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Evans, Martin
"La lutte continue...? Contemporary history and Algeria." History Today, Feb 1997 v47 n2 p10(3)
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"The Franco-Algerian war, especially the Battle of Algiers, illustrates the problems involved in viewing contemporary events from a historical perspective. Both French and Algerian historians have difficulty viewing the war objectively, and few research materials are available." [Expanded Academic Index]

Frodon, Jean-Michel
"Le film de guerre n'existe pas." Cahiers du Cinema no. 593 (September 2004) p. 74-6
"Part of a special section on the continuing relevance of Gillo Pontecorvo's 1965 film La Bataille d'Alger. The writer discusses the relationship between cinema and the Algerian war. He focuses on how, in the context of French cinema, this relationship is systematically discussed according to a double negative: that of a comparison with American cinema and the way it confronted the Vietnam War; and that of a certain amnesia or repression of colonial reality by French society, one to which cinema is both witness and accomplice." [Art Index]

Gross, Larry.
"A Blast From the Past That Continues to Resonate." Film Comment. Jan/Feb 2004. Vol. 40, Iss. 1; p. 22 (2 pages)
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Harries, Patrick
"The battle of Algiers : between fiction, memory and history." In: Black and white in colour : African history on screen / edited by Vivian Bickford-Smith and Richard Mendelsohn. Oxford : James Currey ; Athens : Ohio University Press ; Cape Town : Double Storey, 2007.
Main Stack PN1995.9.A43.B53 2007

Harrison, Nicholas.
"Gillo Pontecorvo's Battle of Algiers, 40 Years On Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, vol. 9, no. 3, pp. 335-413, 2007
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Harrison, Nicholas.
"Pontecorvo's 'Documentary' Aesthetics." Interventions: The International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, Nov2007, Vol. 9 Issue 3, p389-404, 16p
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Haspel, Paul.
"Algeria Revisited: Opposing Commanders as Warring Doubles in The Battle of Algiers." Journal of Film and Video. Fall 2006. Vol. 58, Iss. 3; p. 33 (10 pages)
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Hirsch, Marianne.
"The First Blow--Torture and Close Reading." PMLA. Publications of the Modern Language Association of America. Mar 2006. Vol. 121, Iss. 2; pg. 361

Hoberman, J.
"Revolution now (and then)! The Battle of Algiers defined a political moment when it was released in 1965. Now it's back, and, if anything, it's even more relevant today." (Currents) The American Prospect Jan 2004 v15 i1 p63(3) (1674 words)

Hoffman, Bruce
"The Hard Questions: A Nasty Business - Gathering "good intelligence" against terrorists is an inherently brutish enterprise, involving methods a civics class might not condone. Should we care?" The Atlantic Monthly Jan 2002 v289 i1 p49 (3239 words)
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Jones, Charles.
"Dialectic and Passion in Pontecorvo's The Battle of Algiers." Millennium , 2007, Vol. 35 Issue 2, p445-452, 8p
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Kaufman, Michael T.
"What Does the Pentagon See in 'Battle of Algiers'?" (Week in Review Desk) The New York Times Sept 7, 2003 pWK3(L) col 01 (28 col in)
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Khanna, Ranjana
"The battle of Algiers and the Nouba of the women : from third to fourth cinema." Third Text Volume 12, Issue 43, 1998
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Khanna, Ranjana
"The battle of Algiers and the Nouba of the women : from third to fourth cinema." In: Algeria cuts : women and representation, 1830 to the present / Ranjana Khanna. Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, c2008.
Main (Gardner) Stacks HQ1791.5 .K43 2008

"Lessons from Algiers." (In Fact ...)(The Battle of Algiers) The Nation Oct 13, 2003 v277 i11 p8 (329 words)

Marx-Scouras, Danielle.
"Yacef Girls." Maghreb Review [Great Britain] 1996 21(3-4): 256-266.
Discusses aspects of the participation of women in the Algerian revolution and its representation in history and fiction, with particular reference to Gillo Pontecorvo's film The Battle of Algiers (1966) about events of 1957.

McDonald, Neil.
"Pontecorvo's Battle." Quadrant Magazine, Jun2004, Vol. 48 Issue 6, p75-77, 3p
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Minne, Daniele Djamila Amrane
"Women at War." Interventions: The International Journal of Postcolonial Studies; Nov2007, Vol. 9 Issue 3, p340-349
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Moore, L. C.
"The Veil of Nationalism: Frantz Fanon's "Algeria Unveiled" and Gillo Pontecorvo's The Battle of Algiers." Kunapipi: Journal of Post-Colonial Writing, 25 (2). pp. 56-73 (2003)

Moruzzi, Norma Claire
"Agents: feminine agency and masquerade in The battle of Algiers." In: Negotiating at the margins: the gendered discourses of power and resistance / edited by Sue Fisher and Kathy Davis. New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press,c c1993.
Main Stack HQ1154.F56 1993
Moffitt HQ1154.F56 1993

O'Leary, Alan; Srivastava, Neelam.
"Violence and the wretched: The cinema of Gillo Pontecorvo." Italianist, 2009, Vol. 29 Issue 2, p249-264, 16p
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O'Sullivan, Thaddeus
"Images of liberation." Sight & Sound; Vol.VII nr.3 (Mar 1997); p.69
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"A discussion of Gillo Pontecorvo's The Battle of Algiers. This film tells the story of a country and its struggle for freedom in a manner that thrills and excites. Persuasive while seemingly truthful, and emotional while suggesting a balanced view, its most successful scenes are those that demonstrate that suffering is the same regardless of what side one is on." [Art Index]

Orlando, Valerie
"Historiographic metafiction in Gillo Pontecorvo's La bataille d'Alger: remembering "forthegotten war"." Quarterly Review of Film and Video v 17 no3 2000. p. 261-71
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"The way in which Gillo Pontecorvo's The Battle of Algiers works as a historiographic metafictional text is examined. As a historiographic metafictional text, Pontecorvo's film depicts the struggle for independence by Algerian revolutionaries by manipulating time and parody to produce innovative re-creations of historic facts. The events of the Battle of Algiers are handled out of sequence to generate more viewer impact and sympathy for the human loss suffered as a result of violence. Most significantly, in its parodic retextualization of events of the battle, the film depicts two important struggles: In its post-revolutionary context, the film defiantly upholds the contribution of the original FLN revolutionaries to the freeing of Algeria, while questioning the new policies of historical-archival manipulation by the Boumediene regime; secondly, Algerian women are posited throughout the film as active players in determining their own destiny as well as that of the revolution." [Art Index]

Parker, Mark.
"The Battle of Algiers (La battaglia di Algeri)." Film Quarterly, Summer2007, Vol. 60 Issue 4, p62-66, 5p
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Prochaska, David
"That was then, this is now: "The Battle of Algiers" and after." Radical History Review, Winter 2003, Issue 85, p133-149, 17p;
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Reid, Donald
"Re-viewing The Battle of Algiers with Germaine Tillion." History Workshop Journal - Issue 60, Autumn 2005, pp. 93-115
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"There is an important scene missing from the film, The Battle of Algiers. In July and August 1957, Yacef Saâdi, the nationalist leader in Algiers and a motivating force behind Gillo Pontecorvo's film, met secretly with the French ethnologist and Resistance heroine Germaine Tillion. This essay explores the relation established between the Gaullist Tillion and Yacef. They recognized the resister in one another and during the Battle of Algiers sought to create the conditions for a new relationship between Algeria and France. The essay concludes by looking at the ways this event is interpreted in different memory traditions in contemporary Algeria, and what resonance it has for the Euro-American left today." [Project Muse]

Riegler, Thomas.
"Gillo Pontecorvo's 'dictatorship of the truth' - a legacy." Studies in European Cinema, 2009, Vol. 6 Issue 1, p47-62, 16p
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Roberts, K A.
"Constrained militants: Algerian women 'in-between' in Gillo Pontecorvo's The Battle of Algiers and Bourlem Guerdjou's Living in Paradise." The Journal of North African Studies, 12(4): pp. 381-393 ; 2007
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Schrepel, Walter A.
"Paras and Centurions: Lessons Learned From the Battle of Algiers." Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology Volume 11, Issue 1, 2005
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Solinas, Franco
Gillo Pontecorvo's The Battle of Algiers. New York, Scribner [1973]
MOFF: PN1997.B347 S6
MAIN: PN1997.B347 S61; PFA : PN1997.B38 S6 1973

Srivastava, Neelam.
"Anti-colonial violence and the 'dictatorship of truth' in the films of gillo pontecorvo." Interventions: The International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, Mar2005, Vol. 7 Issue 1, p97-106, 10p;
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Srivastava, Neelam.
"Decolonizing the Self: Gandhian Non-Violence and Fanonian Violence as Comparative 'Ethics of Resistance' in Kanthapura and The Battle of Algiers." In: Diasporic literature and theory--where now? / edited by Mark Shackleton. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK : Cambridge Scholars Pub., 2008.
Main (Gardner) Stacks PN781 .D53 2008

Stone, Alan A.
"Holy war: The battle of Algiers, 1966." In: Movies and the moral adventure of life / Alan A. Stone ; foreword by Joshua Cohen. Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, c2007.
Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.5 .S75 2007

Stora, Benjamin; Stevens, Mary (translator)
"Still Fighting: The Battle of Algiers, Censorship and the 'Memory Wars'." Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, vol. 9, no. 3, pp. 365-70, 2007
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Tomlinson, Emily
"Rebirth in Sorrow: La Bataille d'Alger." French Studies: A Quarterly Review, vol. 58, no. 3, pp. 357-70, July 2004
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"Using The Contradictions of the System: An Interview With Gillo Pontecorvo." Cineaste, 1974, Vol. 6 Issue 2, p2-6, 5p

Vann, Michael G.
"The Colonial Casbah On The Silver Screen: Using Pépé Le Moko and The Battle Of Algiers To Teach Colonialism, Race, and Globalization In French History." Radical History Review 2002 (83): 186-192
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"Discusses teaching race and social justice, subjects traditionally ignored in French history, by using Julien Duvivier's 1936 film Pepe le Moko, Gillo Pontecorvo's 1966 film The Battle of Algiers, and a selection of short readings, including Frantz Fanon's "Algeria Unveiled" from his A Dying Colonialism (1965)." [Historical Abstracts]

Wayne, Michael
"The critical practice and dialectics of third cinema." Third Text no52 Autumn 2000. p. 53-66
"The Battle of Algiers, a film directed by Gillo Pontecorvo is not an example of Third Cinema. Whereas Third Cinema seeks to develop the means for considering history as process, change, contradiction, and conflict, The Battle of Algiers, which charts the first years of military conflict between the French Military and the FLN, erases precisely this historical shading from its mise-en-scene, characters, and narrative. One of Third Cinema's key areas of concern is the process by which oppressed and exploited people become conscious of that condition and determine to do something about it, but this film fails to offer an adequately complex engagement with how Ali-La-Pointe, a petty criminal and illiterate, is changed into a fighter for national liberation. Another key aim of Third Cinema is to try to bring the spectator's cognitive and intellectual powers into play, but Pontecorvo's film does not ask the spectator to be conscious of the politics of identification, and it largely creates its identification at the level of the emotions." [Art Index]

Wayne, Mike.
"Third Cinema as Critical Practice: A Case Study of The Battle of Algiers." In: Political film: the dialectics of third cinema / Mike Wayne. London; Sterling, VA: Pluto, 2001.
Main Stack PN1995.9.P6.W39 2001

Burn! (Queimada)

Carballal, Anna Isabel.
"Queimada: The Deception of Freedom." Notes on Contemporary Literature, vol. 39, no. 3, pp. 6-8, May 2009
Davis, Natalie Zemon. "Ceremony and Revolt: Burn! and The Last Supper." In: Slaves on screen : film and historical vision / Natalie Zemon Davis. Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2000.
Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.S557 D38 2000
Moffitt PN1995.9.S557 D38 2000
PFA PN1995.9.S557 D38 2000

Martin, Michael T.
"Podium for the Truth?: Reading Slavery and the Neocolonial Project in the Historical Film: Queimada! (Burn!) and Sankofa in Counterpoint." Third Text, Nov2009, Vol. 23 Issue 6, p717-731, 15p
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Said, Edward.
"The Dictatorship of Truth: An Interview with Gillo Pontecorvo." Cineaste, vol. 25, no. 2, pp. 24-25, 2000
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