The British Film Institute presents the best global cinema on-demand:
From classic and contemporary films to the best of the BFI National Archive.

The Battle of Algiers

Close

This film is certified

Please confirm that you accept our terms of use.

Close

The Battle of Algiers 1966 15

121 mins Italy Director. Gillo Pontecorvo

Gillo Pontecorvo’s masterpiece about the turbulent last years of French colonial rule in Algeria, seen from the perspective of both the guerrilla revolutionaries and the French authorities.

Pontecorvo’s use of newsreel-style cinematography and emphasis on unbearably tense set-pieces result in a highly gripping and urgent drama that’s defiantly even-handed to both sides of the conflict. One of the most significant political films, to rank alongside Battleship Potemkin, the film continues to inspire and has been used as a morale-booster by both the Black Panther movement and the 2010 Algerian World Cup team.

Start watching in: 30 days

Finish watching in: 48 hours

Directed by

Gillo Pontecorvo

Featuring

Brahim Haggiag

Jean Martin

Yacef Sâadi

Genres

Classics

Collection

Oscars - Technical Awards Oscars - Best Foreign Language Film Oscars - Best Director Oscars - Best Original Screenplay Sight and Sound Greatest Films Poll

Certificate

15 Contains some strong torture scenes and moderate violence

Released

1966

Country

Italy

Language

English

Production company

Igor Film

Read lessRead more

Explore further

View Night Moves
Night Moves
Watch from £2.98
HD

Night Moves 2013 15

Jesse Eisenberg and Dakota Fanning star in a taut political thriller about radical environmentalists planning to commit an act of eco-terrorism.

112 mins USA Director. Kelly Reichardt

Subscription

View All

Welcome to a new subscription service like no other.

>100s of hand-picked classics and critically-acclaimed films

>Critic Mark Kermode picks a must-see film every week

>No contract, cancel anytime

Cookies Policy

This website uses cookies, as explained in our Cookies Policy.

To accept the terms and hide this message please click 'I accept'.

I accept

Passionate about film? So are we…

Don't miss the email made for the in-the-know film fan:

New releases — on the same day as in cinemas Special collections & unheralded classics Exclusive news on discounts


Never ask | Ask me later