Directed by Gillo Pontecorvo (Italy/Algeria, 1966, 123 min.). DCP.

One of the most influential political films in history, The Battle of Algiers vividly re-creates a key year in the tumultuous Algerian struggle for independence from the occupying French in the 1950s. As violence escalates on both sides, children shoot soldiers at point-blank range, women plant bombs in cafés, and French soldiers resort to torture to break the will of the insurgents. Shot on the streets of Algiers in documentary style, the film is a case study in modern warfare, with its terrorist attacks and the brutal techniques used to combat them. Pontecorvo’s tour de force has astonishing relevance today.

Synopsis courtesy of the Criterion Collection.

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The Battle of Algiers
Wednesday, January 4, 2017
7:30 pm9:40 pm

Directed by Gillo Pontecorvo (Italy/Algeria, 1966, 123 min.). DCP.

Film Still from Battle of Algiers

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The Battle of Algiers
Thursday, January 5, 2017
5:00 pm7:10 pm

Directed by Gillo Pontecorvo (Italy/Algeria, 1966, 123 min.). DCP.

Film Still from Battle of Algiers

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The Battle of Algiers
Friday, January 6, 2017
5:00 pm7:10 pm

Directed by Gillo Pontecorvo (Italy/Algeria, 1966, 123 min.). DCP.

Film Still from Battle of Algiers

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The Battle of Algiers
Saturday, January 7, 2017
12:30 pm2:35 pm

Directed by Gillo Pontecorvo (Italy/Algeria, 1966, 123 min.). DCP.

Film Still from Battle of Algiers

Film

The Battle of Algiers
Sunday, January 8, 2017
3:00 pm5:10 pm

Directed by Gillo Pontecorvo (Italy/Algeria, 1966, 123 min.). DCP.

Film Still from Battle of Algiers

Film

The Battle of Algiers
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
7:30 pm9:40 pm

Directed by Gillo Pontecorvo (Italy/Algeria, 1966, 123 min.). DCP.

Film Still from Battle of Algiers

Film

The Battle of Algiers
Friday, January 13, 2017
5:00 pm7:00 pm

Directed by Gillo Pontecorvo (Italy/Algeria, 1966, 123 min.). DCP.