History Film / TheBattleOfAlgiers

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.
7th Feb '15 9:12:22 PM AllenbysEyes
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* AsHimself: Saadi Yacef, FLN leader and one of the film's producers, plays himself in all but name (his character's named Jaafar). In particular, the depiction of his arrest comes straight from Yacef's memoirs.


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* DragonInChief: Mathieu is subordinate to a French General who [[ArmchairMilitary plays little role in the actual fighting]].


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* GaulsWithGrenades: Specifically, their elite paratroop regiments.
* HistoricalHeroUpgrade: The movie certainly doesn't whitewash the FLN, but some of their more unsavory actions (whether mutilating French corpses or fighting with other Algerian nationalist groups) go unmentioned.


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* TortureAlwaysWorks: One of the most thorough explorations of this topic. On a tactical level it's played straight, as Mathieu gains important tactical information from employing torture. The movie's more concerned with its broader impact, generating resentment among the Arab population of Algiers, and its moral implications.
21st Nov '14 9:00:04 PM KamenRiderOokalf
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* DuelingMovies: Released in America the same year as ''The Lost Command'', an adaptation of Jean Larteguy's ''Les Centurions'' with a far different different take on the Algerian War.
20th Oct '14 9:33:26 PM MAI742
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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 Battle of Algiers''''' is a 1966 film by Gillo Pontecorvo, and is a [[RippedFromTheHeadlines dramatization]] of the [[UsefulNotes/Algeria [[{{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.
20th Oct '14 9:33:11 PM MAI742
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'''''The Battle of Algiers''''' is a 1966 film by Gillo Pontecorvo, and is a [[RippedFromTheHeadlines dramatization]] of the 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 Battle of Algiers''''' is a 1966 film by Gillo Pontecorvo, and is a [[RippedFromTheHeadlines dramatization]] of the [[UsefulNotes/Algeria Algerian War of Independence.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.
16th Mar '14 12:25:37 PM StFan
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'''''The Battle Of Algiers''''' is a 1966 film by Gillo Pontecorvo, and is a [[RippedFromTheHeadlines dramatization]] of the 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 Battle Of of Algiers''''' is a 1966 film by Gillo Pontecorvo, and is a [[RippedFromTheHeadlines dramatization]] of the 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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27th Jun '13 8:00:23 PM Sheora
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* InfantImmortality: Cruelly averted. When the first bomb is placed in the busy cafe, we see the people inside, including several small children. They all die in the massive blast.

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* InfantImmortality: Cruelly averted.Averted. When the first bomb is placed in the busy cafe, we see the people inside, including several small children. They all die in the massive blast.



* LineOfSightName: When Col. Mathieu is asked to name the operation to defeat FLN, he steps on the balcony to give it a thought. He then spots a sign promoting champagne, and thusly the Operation Champagne is born.
* NecessarilyEvil: Again, Mathieu, though milage may vary over the "Evil" part.

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* LineOfSightName: When Col. Mathieu is asked to name the operation to defeat FLN, he steps on the balcony to give it a thought. He then spots a sign promoting champagne, and thusly thus the Operation Champagne is born.
* NecessarilyEvil: Again, Mathieu, though milage mileage may vary over the "Evil" part.
7th Apr '13 4:55:30 PM eroock
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''The Battle Of Algiers'' is a 1966 film by Gillo Pontecorvo, and is a [[RippedFromTheHeadlines dramatization]] of the 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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