Alternate Versions. A two day battle Director: Piero Sanna. Writer: Piero Sanna. Added to Watchlist. Photos Add Image Add an image Do you have any images for this title? Edit Storyline A true story. Genres: Action. Add the first question. Edit Details Country: Italy. Their actions were met by French paratroopers attempting to regain territory. The highly dramatic film is about the organization of a guerrilla movement and the illegal methods , such as torture, used by the colonial power to contain it.
Algeria succeeded in gaining independence from the French, which Pontecorvo addresses in the film's epilogue. The film has been critically acclaimed. Both insurgent groups and state authorities have considered it to be an important commentary on urban guerrilla warfare. A subject of socio-political controversy, the film was not screened for five years in France; it was released in The Battle of Algiers reconstructs the events that occurred in the capital city of French Algeria between November and December , during the Algerian War of Independence.
The narrative begins with the organization of revolutionary cells in the Casbah. Because of partisan warfare between Muslims and Pied-Noir , in which both sides commit acts of increasing violence, France sends French Army paratroopers to the city to fight against and capture members of the National Liberation Front FLN.
The paratroopers are depicted as neutralizing the whole of the FLN leadership through either assassination or capture.
The film ends with a coda depicting nationalist demonstrations and riots, suggesting that although France won the Battle of Algiers, it lost the Algerian War. The tactics of the FLN guerrilla insurgency and the French counter insurgency , and the uglier incidents of the war are depicted. Both colonizer and colonized commit atrocities against civilians. The FLN commandeer the Casbah via summary execution of Algerian criminals and suspected French collaborators; they commit terrorism , including bombings, to harass Europeans.
The security forces resort to killings and indiscriminate violence against the opposition. French paratroops are depicted as routinely using torture , intimidation, and murder. Pontecorvo and Solinas created several protagonists in their screenplay who are based on historical war figures. The story begins and ends from the perspective of Ali la Pointe Brahim Haggiag , a petty criminal who is politically radicalized while in prison. Lieutenant-Colonel Mathieu, the paratroop commander, is the principal French character.
The Battle of Algiers also features thousands of Algerian extras. Pontecorvo intended to have them portray the "Casbah-as- chorus ", communicating with chanting, wailing, and physical effect. After independence, the French released Yacef, who became a leader in the new government. The Algerian government backed adapting Yacef's memoir as a film. Yacef wrote his own screenplay, which does not have any conversations or plot. Although sympathetic to Algerian nationalism, the producers wanted the film to deal with events from a more neutral perspective.
The final screenplay of The Battle of Algiers has an Algerian protagonist and depicts the cruelty and suffering of both Algerians and the French, pieds-noir and military forces. To meet the demands of film, The Battle of Algiers uses composite characters and changes the names of certain persons. For example, Colonel Mathieu is a composite of several French counterinsurgency officers, especially Jacques Massu.
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