History Film / TheBattleOfAlgiers

8th May '17 7:53:05 PM Fireblood
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* TheCoronerDothProtestTooMuch: Ben M'Hidi supposedly killed himself in custody, but no one believes this.



* TakingYouWithMe: One FLN cell blows themselves up, along with several French soldiers to avoid capture.

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* TakingYouWithMe: One FLN cell blows themselves up, along with several French soldiers soldiers, to avoid capture.
18th Feb '17 2:52:32 AM Ezclee4050
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* PyrrhicVictory: The French defeat the FLN in Algiers, but the remainder of the country ends up turning against them.
8th Feb '17 7:06:03 PM jamespolk
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* ItWillNeverCatchOn: Between Matthieu and his superior after Ali is killed.
--> "The FLN is decapitated in Algiers."\\
"We'll hear no more of it."
8th Feb '17 5:33:48 AM jamespolk
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'''''The Battle of Algiers''''' is a 1966 film by Gillo Pontecorvo, and is a [[RippedFromTheHeadlines dramatization]] of the [[{{UsefulNotes/Algeria}} Algerian War of Independence]]. The story begins with Ali La Pointe, a card sharp in the cramped slums of Algiers, the capital city of French-controlled Algeria. Imprisoned, he joins the [[LaResistance rebel group]] FLN and takes up arms against the colonial French government. After a few skirmishes with French police, reprisal killings spur ever-worse reprisal killings as the native and colonist populations are radicalized against each other. A UN vote for independence comes and goes as a general strike is called. Afterward, a French military expert, Colonel Philippe Mathieu, is brought in to pacify the region, [[TortureAlwaysWorks gain intelligence]], and destroy the FLN leadership.

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'''''The ''The Battle of Algiers''''' Algiers'' is a 1966 film by Gillo Pontecorvo, and is a [[RippedFromTheHeadlines dramatization]] of the [[{{UsefulNotes/Algeria}} Algerian War of Independence]]. The story begins with Ali La Pointe, a card sharp in the cramped slums of Algiers, the capital city of French-controlled Algeria. Imprisoned, he joins the [[LaResistance rebel group]] FLN and takes up arms against the colonial French government. After a few skirmishes with French police, reprisal killings spur ever-worse reprisal killings as the native and colonist populations are radicalized against each other. A UN vote for independence comes and goes as a general strike is called. Afterward, a French military expert, Colonel Philippe Mathieu, is brought in to pacify the region, [[TortureAlwaysWorks gain intelligence]], and destroy the FLN leadership.


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* ShellGame: What Ali is doing when he first gets in trouble with the law.
7th Feb '17 6:17:44 PM Ezclee4050
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* GilliganCut: A rare dramatic example. After the French declare victory in Algiers the military leaders talk about how much less resistance they'll have face with in the Algerian mountains. Cut to three years later: there's a major uprising in the mountains.

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* GilliganCut: A rare dramatic example. After the French declare victory in Algiers the military leaders talk about how much less resistance they'll have face easier it is to deal with the people in the Algerian mountains. Cut to three years later: there's a major uprising in the mountains.mountains.
* GlassesPull: Memorably done by Colonel Mathieu at a press conference.
7th Feb '17 6:12:07 PM Ezclee4050
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* GilliganCut: A rare dramatic example. After the French declare victory in Algiers the military leaders talk about how much less resistance they'll have face with in the Algerian mountains. Cut to three years later: there's a major uprising in the mountains.
12th Oct '16 1:07:33 AM WoundedWolfgirl
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** The incident that that bombing was a reprisal to was the French-Algerian police setting off a bomb in front of a suspect's house. The bodies of two small children are among the many dead pulled from the wreckage.
28th Aug '16 3:38:30 AM Morgenthaler
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* GaulsWithGrenades: Specifically, their elite paratroop regiments.
14th Apr '16 3:37:56 PM AllenbysEyes88
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* CycleOfRevenge

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* CycleOfRevengeCycleOfRevenge: Each shooting or bombing by either side leads to increasingly violent reprisals.



* FalseFlagOperation
* ForegoneConclusion

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* FalseFlagOperation
FalseFlagOperation: During the ceasefire, Mathieu tries to provoke an incident by arresting Algerian civilians. It doesn't work.
* ForegoneConclusionForegoneConclusion: Algeria wins its independence.



* HowWeGotHere

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* HowWeGotHereHowWeGotHere: The movie starts with Mathieu's men surrounding Ali's hideout in 1957, then flashes back to the beginning of the war, three years earlier.



* ShootTheDog

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* ShootTheDogTakingYouWithMe: One FLN cell blows themselves up, along with several French soldiers to avoid capture.
14th Apr '16 3:17:10 PM AllenbysEyes88
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* HopeSpot: When the UsefulNotes/UnitedNations agrees to hear the FLN's proposal for independence, causing a temporary ceasefire. The UN decides they have no power to intervene, and violence resumes almost immediately.



* RotatingArcs: There is no main character, as such.

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* RotatingArcs: There is no main character, as such. Ali and Mathieu have the most screen time, but the film devotes significant amounts of time to various side characters.
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