It’s been quite some time since we last saw the Criterion Collection add a considerable amount of titles to its exclusive streaming outlet: the Hulu Plus channel. They have continued to add titles to their iTunes channel (to download), and a number of titles to rent through Amazon.
On a recent episode of the podcast I mentioned that I suspended my Hulu Plus account, but that I’d consider re-activating it if there were new additions. Well this is exactly what I was waiting for. Below you’ll find images and links to all of today’s additions.
If you don’t have a Hulu Plus account, you can indulge in Criterion’s latest free film line-up on Hulu: Unknown Samurai films
In this renowned series of rare television appearances, the legendary Jascha Heifetz – often referred to as the greatest violinist of the 20th century – leads a historic master class at the University of Southern California, in 1962. Through their mixture of brilliance and informality, these classes offer a glimpse into the technique, process, and personality of a classical virtuoso.
In an Oscar-nominated performance, Emily Watson stuns as Bess, a simple, pious newlywed in a tiny Scottish village who gives herself up to a shocking form of martyrdom after her husband (Stellan Skarsgård) is paralyzed in an oil rig accident.
Errol Morris turns his camera on one of the most fascinating men in the world: pioneering astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, afflicted by a debilitating motor neuron disease that has left him without a voice or the use of his limbs. Score by Philip Glass.
As the trauma of one couple’s divorce escalates, the city is terrorized by a series of attacks by disfigured children.
In Satyajit Ray’s second Feluda film, the famous detective investigates the robbery of a priceless deity while on holiday in beautiful Benares. In many ways a story about stories, this clever thriller twists and turns its way to a stunning climax.
The ultimate Italian road comedy, Il sorpasso stars the unlikely pair of Vittorio Gassman and Jean-Louis Trintignant as, respectively, a waggish, freewheeling bachelor and the straitlaced law student he takes on a madcap trip from Rome to Tuscany.
This effortlessly cool crime caper from Georges Franju is a marvel of dexterous plotting and visual invention. Judex kicks off with the mysterious kidnapping of a corrupt banker by a shadowy crime fighter and spins out into a complex web of deceptions.
This deadpan tragicomedy about a group of impoverished, outcast artists living the bohemian life in Paris is among the most beguiling films by Finnish master Aki Kaurismäki. Based on stories from Henri Murger’s influential Scènes de la vie de bohème.
Marcello Mastroianni, as a lonely city transplant, and Maria Schell, as a sheltered girl haunted by a lover’s promise, meet by chance on a canal bridge and begin a tentative romance that quickly entangles them in a web of longing and self-delusion.
Liv Ullmann and Ingmar Bergman met in 1965 during the filming of Persona. Liv & Ingmar brings together excerpts from films, still photos, archival footage, and letters to tell the tale of two great artists who were also human beings, lovers, and friends.
Darryl Revok is the rogue leader of the world’s 237 Scanners–who are capable of reading minds and inflicting incredible psychic torment–except one, who has been captured by a corporate entity bent on destroying the movement.
A work of exquisite pastoral beauty and vivid, richly layered storytelling, this multiple-Oscar-winning film by Roman Polanski is an adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s novel Tess of the d’Urbervilles: an epic narrative of sex, class, betrayal, and revenge.
A colorful and controversial tribute to the pleasures and perils of Stockholm syndrome, Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! is a splashy, sexy central work in the career of Pedro Almodóvar, one of the world’s most beloved and provocative auteurs.
In this celebrated adaptation of Richard Adams’s classic novel, an offshoot group of rabbits struggle to break from their failing, violent community to form a utopian society.
A quiet tale of friendship and everyday heroism, this film lifted director Abbas Kiarostami onto the international scene and has been voted amongst the BFI’s all-time top ten ‘films children should see by the age of 14.’