Turn up the volume for the titles featured in this week’s festival of free Criterion films on Hulu Plus. We’re spotlighting a handful of cinema’s greatest musical composers by selecting films for which they’ve done some of their best work. Krzysztof Kieślowski’s Blue features a dramatic operatic score by Zbigniew Preisner. None other than Miles Davis wrote the sultry music for Louis Malle’s breakthrough noir Elevator to the Gallows. The legendary Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu brings his talents to bear on Masaki Kobayashi’s medieval tale of violence Harakiri. And who can recall Federico Fellini’s Amarcord without thinking of Nino Rota’s nostalgic accompanying theme?
Finally, we’ve posted below a short clip illustrating just how perfectly Philip Glass’s driving score complements Paul Schrader’s spellbinding biopic Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters. Watch the entire film, which is an overwhelming sensory experience, at Hulu. And don’t forget: to watch hundreds of other Criterion films at Hulu Plus, you can sign up for just $7.99 a month.