The Battle of Algiers15

Directed by Gillo Pontecorvo | Algeria | 1965 | 2h 1m | Arabic w/ English subtitles | Starring Brahim Hadjadj, Jean Martin, Yacef Saadi, Samia Kerbash, Ugo Paletti

The story of the Algerian Front de Liberation Nationale’s struggle to gain freedom from French colonial rule, seen through the eyes of a petty criminal who rises to prominence within the resistance movement. Shot on the streets of Algiers documentary style, the film pulsates with raw realism and serves as a compelling case study in modern warfare, one which stands as one of the most influential political films in history.

Reviews

‘A riveting reconstruction of the struggle for independence in mid-50s Algiers, its pseudo-documentary style still feels as headline-fresh as its content.’
★★★★★
Matthew Leyland, BBC

‘Brilliantly directed set-pieces and remarkable thronging crowd scenes make the film a masterpiece; the ominous familiarity of its subject makes it a must-see.’
★★★★★
James Christopher, The Times

Book tickets

Sunday 26 May

2.45pmBook tickets
Wednesday 29 May

8.30pmBook tickets

What else is on?

Today (Sunday 19th May)

14:45

Big Night 15
1h 49m
Stanley Tucci stars and directs this heartwarming and insightful comedy about two Italian brothers living in 1950s New Jersey hosting a spectacular banquet in a final effort to save their failing business.

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17:15

Challengers 15
2h 11m
Jealousy, lust, and betrayal take centre court in this propulsively energetic love-triangle sports drama starring Zendaya and Josh O'Connor, directed by acclaimed filmmaker Luca Guadagnino (Call Me By Your Name).

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20:00

Kidnapped 12A
2h 14m | Italian w/ English subtitles
In 19th-century Italy, the Catholic Church kidnaps a young Jewish boy claiming that he was secretly baptised at birth. A gripping drama told with operatic intensity and visual grandeur by Palme d’Or winner Marco Bellocchio.

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Tomorrow (Monday 20th May)

18:00

Big Night 15
1h 49m
Stanley Tucci stars and directs this heartwarming and insightful comedy about two Italian brothers living in 1950s New Jersey hosting a spectacular banquet in a final effort to save their failing business.

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20:30

Blackbird Blackbird Blackberry 15
1h 50m | Georgian w/ English subtitles
In a Georgian village, a middle-aged woman vows never to marry, causing intrigue amongst the locals. But when she unexpectedly begins to fall in love, she must choose between her life of independence and romance.

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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!