BELLWORK. Why did the film, The Battle of Algiers, cause controversy in France? (pg. 285) Why would a filmmaker choose to recreate a historical event? Do you think it is to increase public knowledge of the event, or is it for pure entertainment? Explain! What about The Battle of Algiers?
SaadiYacef- one of the leaders of the FLN, also their military chief in Algiers; currently a Senator in Algeria (The character El-hadiJafar is based on his life & involvement)
Ali La Pointe – one of the FLN's most trusted and loyal lieutenants in Algiers; becomes FLN commander
The character of Colonel Philippe Mathieu, is widely believed to be a composite of Marcel Bigeard, Jacques Massu and other prominent officers
Marcel Bigeard– Lieutenant General of French troops in Algerian War (launched counter-terror campaign)
The believed to be a composite of Marcel Casbah, where the film was shot.Filmed in black and white and experimented with various techniques to give the film the look of newsreel and documentary film