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The Battle of Algiers

Film in Focus:
The Battle of Algiers

(review by Charles P. DeYoe, III)

June 26, 2015

The Battle of Algiers (1966) is an Italian film that recounts events during the Algerian War for independence against the French during the 1950s.

The movie is shot in a style designed to be reminiscent of documentary newsreels and portrays atrocities committed by both sides. The Algerian rebels are show placing bombs in cafes, killing innocent civilians while the French military is shown brutally torturing people for information.

What makes this film so hugely important is its portrayal of urban guerrilla combat and how large government forces respond. It cuts deep into human behavior in wartime and it does not take much stretching to draw parallels between this film and modern military activities in the Middle East involving the United States and various insurgent-groups.

What really makes this movie stand out is how it manages to avoid portraying either side of the conflict in an idealized light. The similarities between the events in this movie and the military reality the US is currently engaged with makes this movie extremely timely and is highly recommended to anyone with an interest in understanding the nature of urban warfare and the politics surrounding modern military undertakings.

This movie was released on DVD by the Criterion Collection who is famous for putting out the highest quality releases filled with intellectually stimulating bonus features. It is available in our general adult fiction DVDs under "B" until we transition to sorting movies by genre, and then it will be found within the "Silent and World Cinema" genre.

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Recent DVD Additions to Our Video Collection

May 14, 2015

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Birdman
Description: "When a has-been movie superhero (Keaton) risks everything for Broadway, he faces harsh critics, a deranged alter ego, his estranged daughter (Emma Stone) and a difficult stage star (Edward Norton)."
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Description: " The epic conclusion to the adventures of Bilbo Baggins. The dragon Smaug rains his fiery wrath down upon the defenseless men, women, and children of Lake-town. Obsessed above all else with his reclaimed treasure, Thorin sacrifices friendship and honor to hoard it as Bilbo attempts to make him see reason."

The Imitation Game
Description: "An intense and haunting portrayal of a brilliant, complicated man, a genius who under nail-biting pressure helped to shorten the war and, in turn, save thousands of lives."
Interstellar
Description: "With our time on Earth coming to an end, a team of explorers undertakes the most important mission in human history; traveling beyond this galaxy to discover whether mankind has a future among the stars."

Paddington
Description: "Paddington tells the story of the comic misadventures of a young Peruvian bear who travels to the city in search of a home."
Selma
Description: "Selma chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. The epic march from Selma to Montgomery culminated in President Johnson (Tom Wilkinson) signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories for the civil rights movement. Director Ava DuVernay's Selma tells the real story of the revered leader and visionary Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (David Oyelowo) and his brothers and sisters in the movement that prompted change that forever altered history."

Still Alice
Description: "Alice Howland, happily married with three grown children, is a renowned linguistics professor who starts to forget words. When she receives a diagnosis of Early-Onset Alzheimer's Disease, Alice and her family find their bonds thoroughly tested. Her struggle to stay connected to who she once was is frightening, heartbreaking, and inspiring."
Unbroken
Description: "Academy Award(R) winner Angelina Jolie directs and produces "Unbroken", an epic drama that follows the incredible life of Olympian and war hero Louis "Louie" Zamperini (Jack O'Connell) who, along with two other crewmen, survived in a raft for 47 days after a near-fatal plane crash in WWII - only to be caught by the Japanese navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp. Adapted from Laura Hillenbrand's ("Seabiscuit: An American Legend") enormously popular book "Unbroken" brings to the big screen Zamperini's unbelievable and inspiring true story about the resilient power of the human spirit."

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Recent DVD Releases

January 2, 2015

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Chef
Description: "After quitting his job in a trendy Los Angeles restaurant, a chef moves to Florida and asks his friends and family to help him as he starts up a business as the owner and cook in a food truck."
The Hundred-Foot Journey
Description: "Hassan is a culinary ingenue with the gastronomic equivalent of perfect pitch. Displaced from their native India, his family settles in a quaint village in the south of France. They plan to open an Indian restaurant, that is, until Madame Mallory, the owner of a classical French restaurant, gets wind of it. Her icy protests against the new Indian restaurant so near her own escalate to all out war; until Hassan's cooking talent and love for Mme. Mallory's assistant, Marguerite cannot be ignored."

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Recent DVD Releases

July 25, 2014

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Featured Film

The Grand Budapest Hotel
Description: "The adventures of Gustave H., a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune."

Featured Film

The Monuments Men
Description: "An unlikely World War II platoon has been tasked by FDR with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners. With the art trapped behind enemy lines, and with the German army under orders to destroy everything as the Reich fell, how could they possibly succeed? But as the Monuments Men, as they were called, found themselves in a race against time, they would risk their lives to protect mankind's greatest achievements."

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Anchorman 2 The Legend Continues

At Middleton

47 Ronin

Grudge Match

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

The Nut Job

Philomena

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Walking with Dinosaurs: The Movie

The Wolf of Wall Street

Recent Videos:
Late March 2014
to mid-April 2014
DVD Releases

April 22, 2014

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American Hustle

The Book Thief

Catching Fire

Frozen

The Grandmaster

Gravity

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Nebraska

Thor: The Dark World

12 Years a Slave

Recent Videos:
Late February 2014
to mid-March 2014
DVD Releases

March 17, 2014

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About Time

Ender's Game

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2

Austenland

The Fifth Estate

Free Birds

The Spectacular Now

Escape Plan

Recent Videos:
Late January 2014
+ Early February 2014
DVD Releases

February 20, 2014

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Lee Daniels' The Butler

Blue Jasmine

Captain Phillips

Elysium

Lone Ranger

One Direction  This is Us

Percy Jackson  Sea of Monsters

Recent Videos:
Late December 2013
+ Early January 2014
DVD Releases

January 8, 2014

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When you're in the library catalog, you can see if the movie...
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Some friendly reminders...

The very newest videos, just like the latest books, can sometimes take a while before reserves or interlibrary loans can occur.

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Man of Steel

Jobs

Blackfish

Despicable Me 2

Planes

Grown Ups 2

Monsters University

Turbo

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

The Wolverine

Recent Videos:
November + Early December 2013
DVD Releases

November 25, 2013

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When you're in the library catalog, you can see if the movie...
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Movie links...

Some friendly reminders...

The very newest videos, just like the latest books, can sometimes take a while before reserves or interlibrary loans can occur.

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Iron Man 3

Bless Me, Ultima

The Croods

Augustine

After Earth

And Now a Word from Our Sponsor

Behind the Candelabra

Fill the Void

The Kings of Summer

Losing Isaiah

Nashville The Complete First Season

Unfinished Song

Recent Videos:
Late September / Early October 2013
DVD Releases

October 11, 2013

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Some friendly reminders...

The very newest videos, just like the latest books, can sometimes take a while before reserves or interlibrary loans can occur.

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Great Gatsby

Star Trek Into Darkness

Boardwalk Empire  The Complete Third Season

Homeland  Season 2

Love Is All You Need

Pain and Gain

Revolution  The Complete First Season

Stories We Tell

Recent Videos:
Late August / Early September 2013
DVD Releases

September 9, 2013

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When you're in the library catalog, you can see if the movie...
At the end of this post we've included some video-related guides you might find useful!

Movie links...

Some friendly reminders...

The very newest videos, just like the latest books, can sometimes take a while before reserves or interlibrary loans can occur.

If you've never placed a hold before, or if you'd like some help locating a video (or anything else), please feel free to contact our Reference Department at any time!

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The Big Wedding

Black Rock

Community: The Complete Fourth Season

Duck Dynasty Season 3

Emperor

Enlightened: The Complete Second Season

G.I. Joe: Retaliation

Oblivion

What Maisie Knew

Recent Videos:
Late July / Early August 2013
DVD Releases

August 9, 2013

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When you're in the library catalog, you can see if the movie...
At the end of this post we've included some video-related guides you might find useful!

Movie links...

Some friendly reminders...

The very newest videos, just like the latest books, can sometimes take a while before reserves or interlibrary loans can occur.

If you've never placed a hold before, or if you'd like some help locating a video (or anything else), please feel free to contact our Reference Department at any time!

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Quartet

Jack the Giant Slayer

Movie 43

Rizzoli & Isles: The Complete Third Season

Snitch

Stoker

Upside Down

Recent Videos:
Late June / Early July 2013
DVD Releases

July 3, 2013

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When you're in the library catalog, you can see if the movie...
At the end of this post we've included some video-related guides you might find useful!

Movie links...

Some friendly reminders...

The very newest videos, just like the latest books, can sometimes take a while before reserves or interlibrary loans can occur.

If you've never placed a hold before, or if you'd like some help locating a video (or anything else), please feel free to contact our Reference Department at any time!

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Oz the Great and Powerful

Escape from Planet Earth

Beautiful Creatures

Covert Affairs - Season Three

Identity Thief

Side Effects

Longmire Complete First Season

Recent Videos:
Late May / Early June 2013
DVD Releases

June 7, 2013

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When you're in the library catalog, you can see if the movie...
At the end of this post we've included some video-related guides you might find useful!

Movie links...

Some friendly reminders...

The very newest videos, just like the latest books, can sometimes take a while before reserves or interlibrary loans can occur.

If you've never placed a hold before, or if you'd like some help locating a video (or anything else), please feel free to contact our Reference Department at any time!

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Silver Linings Playbook

Mr. Selfridge

Cloud Atlas

The Guilt Trip

The Impossible

Recent Videos:
Late April / Early May 2013
DVD Releases

May 1, 2013

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When you're in the library catalog, you can see if the movie...
At the end of this post we've included some video-related guides you might find useful!

Movie links...

Some friendly reminders...

The very newest videos, just like the latest books, can sometimes take a while before reserves or interlibrary loans can occur.

If you've never placed a hold before, or if you'd like some help locating a video (or anything else), please feel free to contact our Reference Department at any time!

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A Boy and His Atom

The World's Smallest Movie

May 1, 2013

Now, here's something truly Beyond the Box Office!

IBM has "filmed" what has been confirmed (by none other than Guinness World Records) to be "The World's Smallest Stop-Motion Film."

The actual title of their short film is A Boy And His Atom, and it was created by lining up individual atoms in a series of pictures to produce a "stop-motion" animation.

You can see the movie and read all about it through these links:
As you watch the movie, keep this interesting little fact in mind:

what you will see has been magnified over 100,000,000 (one hundred million) times!
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Anna Karenina

Rise of the Guardians

Recent Video Releases:
January 2013 - April 2013

March 29, 2013

Welcome to our new monthly feature!

Here we'll highlight new and popular movie releases on DVD.

We're starting off with a quadruple feature:

four months of videos!

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From there you can see if the movie...
At the end of this post we've included some video-related guides you might find useful!



Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away

Atlas Shrugged Part II
Late March / Early April 2013
New & Popular Video Releases


Les Miserables

Lincoln
March 2013
New & Popular Video Releases


Ice Age: Continental Drift

Here Comes the Boom
February 2013
New & Popular Video Releases


ParaNorman

Trouble with the Curve
January 2013
New & Popular Video Releases


The very newest videos, just like the latest books, can sometimes take a while before reserves or interlibrary loans can occur.

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The Hobbit (novel)

Tolkien Films & Books

December 15, 2012

This weekend The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey made its cinematic debut in theaters.

Based on the novel, The Hobbit, or There and Back Again by J. R. R. Tolkien, this cinematic adaptation follows the main character, Bilbo Baggins, the wizard Gandalf, and others on a fantastical and fateful journey.

Chronologically, The Hobbit is the prelude to The Lord of the Rings trilogy of books (and films):
If you'd like to catch up on either the books or the films - or both - you can click on any of the above links to find those items in the library system catalog.

While The Hobbit is actually one book, it is being made into three films. Parts II and III are scheduled to be released over the next two years:
If you've already read the novels and seen the movies, you might also find these titles interesting:
These are just some of the many books about Tolkien and the fictional world ("Middle-earth") he created.

Tolkien's son, Christopher Tolkien, edited and published even more information on Middle-earth since his father passed away, including a more complete history of Middle-earth.

You can explore even more titles on Tolkien and his creations by clicking here to do a "subject" search on Tolkien.
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