A couple of days ago I went to see The Battle of Algiers at a local cinema, and posted a snippet from the script in the paragraphs below, from the press conference where Colonel Mathieu discusses the death in captivity of Lardi Ben M’Hidi, one of the leaders of the Algerian resistance to the French occupation. And now the news from Paris (reported, for example, in the Independent) reminds us that, as ever, life imitates art, not only Battle of Algiers but also Dario Fo’s wonderful play, Accidental Death of an Anarchist:
SUSPECT: And why do they always demonstrate here at police headquarters? Right here, under the main window
SERGEANT: It’s always the same story. We’re always caught in-between. It’s only one week since that anarchist we were interrogating jumped out the window.
SUSPECT: That window? But it’s only two stories up.
SERGEANT: Another window – upstairs. On the fourth floor. (He walks away from the window.)
Needless to say, poor Richard Durn fell to his death from the fourth floor, too.