Page 133 REFLECTIONS AND REPORTS David Prochaska The First Algerian War 1970s ack from South Asia where I had gone to avoid being sent to Southeast Asia, I saw The Battle of Algiers (La battaglia de Algeria, dir. Gillo Pontecorvo, 1966). In San Francisco, in the Fillmore district, a bright sunny Saturday afternoon, on a double bill with BuÃ±uelâs Belle du jour (1967). From Catherine Deneuve to Ali la Pointe. After four hours, senses pummeled in the movie theater, I staggered out onto the street, shop fronts locked tight behind accordion-style metal gates drawn shut, liquor bottle broken glass littering the sidewalk. Streetï¬ghting Man. Goatâs Head Soup. Got to Revolution. There and then, I knew I had to write a Ph.D. dissertation on Algeria, and that it could also be politically progressive, even radical. On Algeria, colonial Algeria, the story of colonialism in Algeria. And the more I read, the more I learned about what could be termed an âAlgerian syndrome,â analogous to a âVichy syndrome,â both deï¬ning moments of twentieth-century French history, both historical blind spots, freighted combinations of willed forgetfulness, collective denial, misremembering, and, ï¬rst for Vichy and now increasingly for Algeria, the return of what
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Published: Jan 1, 2003
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