The Battle of Algiers

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.
Genre: Drama, War
Production: Rialto Pictures
  Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 9 wins & 5 nominations.
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121 min

They give him a wide belt and buckle it. The other paras, one on either

side of him, pull up his sleeves to the elbows. A third places the cap

on his head and cocks it.



The colonel turn to him angrily:


Don't be an idiot, Lagloy!

The Algerian is ready. The paras look at him repressing their laughter.

The Algerian continues to tremble. His breath is short, his eyes

glossy. He is crying.


Let's go.

The Algerian looks around. He breathes deeply. Then, suddenly,

unexpectedly, he lets out a hoarse cry:



and tries to jerk forward toward the window.

Marc seizes him immediately, and with his right hand grabs him by the

chest, almost lifting him. With his left hand he gives him two quick

slaps, not very hard.



What do you think you're doing, you fool?

Do you want us to start all over again?

C'mon, be good. Don't make me look like

an idiot in front of the others.

He makes a reassuring sign to the colonel. Then, he takes the Algerian

by the arms, and they move off.


The city is gray and white, by the sea which looks like milk. The dawn

outlines her features sharply.

The streets and wide avenues of the European quarters are empty.

Silence, until gradually is heard ...


One truck after another. Their headlights on, with an opaque glow, by

now useless.

A line of trucks follow one another along the sea-front, all at the

same speed.

They turn right and go up toward Place du Gouvernement.

Here, without stopping, the columns divide in two. The two lines enter

each of the two roads that lead up to surround the Casbah.

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 ...

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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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