«C'était une grande victoire. Écrivez ça.»: Le nationalisme français et algérien et la réception des films autour de la guerre d'Algérie

Master's Thesis


My thesis analyzes the reception of four films that contributed to French national discussion on the Algerian War of Independence and colonization of Algeria. Two films, The Battle of Algiers (Gillo Pontecorvo, 1966) and Outside the Law (Rachid Bouchareb, 2010) directly represent the war of independence. Days of Glory (Bouchareb, 2006) portrays Algerians fighting for France during World War II, and Of Gods and Men (Xavier Beauvois, 2010) depicts French monks who are killed during the Algerian Civil War.

I examine topics that reappear in reviews of the films, especially the portrayal of French and Algerian national identity through factors such as the relative depth of Algerian and French characters and the treatment of ethnic stereotypes. My thesis also discusses the films’ historical influence, such as their reflection of the Algerian War’s status in French national memory and their ability to shape discussion related to the war.


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Author Claire Therese Reising
Advisor Catherine Perry
Contributor Alison Rice, Committee Co-Chair
Contributor Catherine Perry, Committee Co-Chair
Degree Level Master's Thesis
Degree Discipline Romance Languages and Literatures
Degree Name MA
Defense Date
  • 2014-04-17

Submission Date 2014-04-24
  • United States of America

  • Algerian War of independence

  • French-Algerian Cinema

  • Outside the Law

  • Days of Glory

  • Hors-la-loi

  • La Bataille d'Alger

  • Of Gods and Men

  • The Battle of Algiers

  • Indig&egravenes

  • Des hommes et des dieux

  • University of Notre Dame

  • English

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