The Battle of Algiers script
Synopsis: Paratrooper commander Colonel Mathieu (Jean Martin), a former French Resistance fighter during World War II, is sent to 1950s Algeria to reinforce efforts to squelch the uprisings of the Algerian War. There he faces Ali la Pointe (Brahim Haggiag), a former petty criminal who, as the leader of the Algerian Front de Liberation Nationale, directs terror strategies against the colonial French government occupation. As each side resorts to ever-increasing brutality, no violent act is too unthinkable.

In the brighter light, the Casbah appears completely white, limestone.

Enclosed by the European city, it stands at a greater height and

overlooks it.

Mosaic of terraces. White pavement, pavement interspersed by the black

outlays of narrow alleys. Only a jump from one terrace to another ...

Agile and silent, the paras jump one by one from the trucks in a hurry.

SOUND OF TRUCKS.

They arrange themselves geometrically, their movements synchronized.

They disperse and disappear in the alleys.

They reappear together, then once again scatter.

They meet without looking at one another; each one takes his own

course.

In like manner without a sound, they are above, even on the terraces,

in perfect geometry. Even up here, the paras tighten their grip ...

3RUE DES ABDERAMES. COURTYARD OF HOUSE. INSIDE/OUTSIDE. DAWN.

Every three yards, there is a para, even at all four corners of an

intersection.

They are also in the side streets as well as the main streets.

And also above, against the sky, many other paras appear.

Number three. The doorway is the height of a man. A squadron stands

ready in a semicircle with machine guns in firing position.

Marc continues to hold up the Algerian by his arm.

The captain glances at his watch, then looks up at the terrace and

gives a signal.

In a lowered voice, without turning around, he speaks to the para who

is at his back:

CAPTAIN:

Fire ...

The para nears the front door, his legs wide open, his machine gun,

clenched at his side, and aims at the lock.

MACHINE GUN FIRE.

He moves the gun barrel in a circular direction.

Immediately the others hurl themselves against the door.

At the same time, the door of the terrace is broken down, and the paras

burst into the house below.

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Gillo Pontecorvo

Gillo Pontecorvo (Italian: [ˈdʒillo ponteˈkɔrvo]; 19 November 1919 – 12 October 2006) was an Italian filmmaker. He worked as a film director for more than a decade before his best known film La battaglia di Algeri (The Battle of Algiers, 1966) was released. It won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival in 1966. more…

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