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‘The Battle of Algiers’ by Jay Shaw + Shipping Update and Congrats to Ennio Morricone

‘The Battle of Algiers’ by Jay Shaw + Shipping Update and Congrats to Ennio Morricone

Continuing FAMP Art’s tradition of shedding light on some of the greatest foreign films ever made, we’re excited to announce our 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 (who just won an Oscar for his epic Hateful Eight score) 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, we 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 we 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 is now on sale via the FAMP Art website. The screen print measures 18”x24”, costs $35, and is an edition of 40. The print ships WW except to Italy. If you’ve ordered a print already, they should start shipping this weekend. Prints were held up on the way to us and we hope to have them in hand by Wednesday.

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