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The Man Who Ate His Shoe

The Man Who Ate His Shoe

Cinema lovers will continue to celebrate 2024 in style when the UPP screens a selection of films directed by the “none more maverick” German film director Werner Herzog in February. The season, which ties in with Radical Dreamer, the new BFI funded documentary about...

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The Rise and Fall of the Coolest of the Cool

The Rise and Fall of the Coolest of the Cool

Few other actors crashed and burned quite as spectacularly as 80s homme du jour Mickey Rourke who, lest we forget, was not only one of the most exciting actors to emerge in that decade but was also, for a while, the coolest (and probably sexiest) guy on the planet....

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UPP Staff and Volunteers Films of 2023

UPP Staff and Volunteers Films of 2023

Every year we poll our team to find out which new releases screened at the UPP that they enjoyed the most. In a year in which we’ve seen symphonic scandals, Alpine mysteries, and the arrival of a tiny walking, talking sea shell – let’s take a look at the top ten films...

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Powell & Pressburger: Paying for the Truth

Powell & Pressburger: Paying for the Truth

There is a generally held assumption about British cinema that, in this country, we are very good at making gritty, realist and naturalistic cinema (which we are). Think Ken Loach (whose uncharacteristically disappointing swansong The Old Oak played at the UPP...

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The Wicker Man: A Modern Idyll With Ancient Roots

The Wicker Man: A Modern Idyll With Ancient Roots

The darkest days of December might not be the obvious time to visit a mythical Scottish island called Summerisle but any chance to see the 1973 cult British folk horror masterpiece The Wicker Man up on the big screen is not an opportunity to be missed. It’s certainly...

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Lars But Not Least

Lars But Not Least

Before he fell from grace so spectacularly, there was a time when Danish auteur and enfant terrible Lars Von Trier was turning out some of the most exciting movies to ever be made in Europe and now, guess what? He’s back (time tends to be a healer, doesn’t it?). Over...

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Demme & Byrne Makes Total Sense

Demme & Byrne Makes Total Sense

Although he won an Oscar for his 1991 hit The Silence of the Lambs, American director Jonathan Demme, who died at 73 in 2017, never quite made the movie brat list, even though he began his career like so many others of the American New Wave working with horror maestro...

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Serpico: Adult Entertainment

Serpico: Adult Entertainment

Whilst Hollywood’s second Golden Age (the 1970s) may well be rightfully derided for its politics (especially its attitude towards gender and ethnicity) it is also, arguably, a period of American cinema when the acting was about as good as it gets. This was an era when...

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Vertigo: Pure Cinema

Vertigo: Pure Cinema

Regular readers will know that I took umbrage when the most recent BFI list of the greatest films proclaimed that Chantal Akerman’s Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce was now “officially” the “best film” of all time. Obviously there is no such thing as the best film...

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On the Road…again!

On the Road…again!

With its memorable tagline “A man went looking for America...and couldn’t find it anywhere,” Dennis Hopper’s 1969’s “head classic” Easy Rider has a lot to answer for and is often considered to be the defining example of what has subsequently come to be called “the...

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Plan your visit

Our beautiful art deco inspired auditorium can be found just off East Oxford's Cowley Road. We are open 7 days a week. We open the cinema and box office 30 minutes before the scheduled start time of each film, and the Box Office then closes 10 minutes after the film starts. We don’t show adverts, just a couple of trailers, so don't be late as the film itself starts very close to the advertised time!