• One of cinema’s least-sung heroes is the hairstylist. Movies are often defined by their look and texture; why not also show some appreciation for the lovely (or ludicrous) locks worn by their actors? Check out the super cuts in the selections for this week’s festival of free films on Hulu: Louise Brooks’s brilliant bob in Pandora’s Box, resurrected by Anna Karina in Vivre sa vie; the late-eighteenth-century wigs of Ettore Scola’s La nuit de Varennes; the modish coiffures of the sixties French fashion models in William Klein’s Who Are You, Polly Maggoo? and Agnès Varda’s Cléo from 5 to 7; the cascading, black, and deadly strands of the phantom woman in Masaki Kobayashi’s Kwaidan; and, maybe most outrageously, the gravity-defying pompadours in Aki Kaurismäki’s Leningrad Cowboys Go America.

    Then there’s the shock of hair worn by Jack Nance in Eraserhead. David Lynch’s nightmarish cult classic has plenty of unforgettable surreal elements, but that distracting do always comes to mind first. You can stream the whole film below, or over at Hulu. And don’t forget: if you sign up for Hulu Plus for just $7.99 a month, you can see the hundreds of other streaming Criterion films.

14 comments

  • By ajyoungen
    November 16, 2012
    06:38 PM

    He wore a wig in Eraserhead? Hmm, that doesn't sound right. I might be reading that wrong.
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  • By Bigdracula
    November 16, 2012
    06:51 PM

    It wasn't a wig. Jack's hair was naturally able to be styled like that.
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  • By LJ
    November 17, 2012
    03:09 PM

    Only a matter of time until we get Lynch's first film on Blu-ray from Criterion. About time the man was in the collection.
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  • By Chad VW
    November 17, 2012
    06:19 PM

    Yep, not a wig. I seem to remember Lynch being incredibly grateful that he kept his hair that way for the entirety of the production (several years.)
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  • By Alex Block
    November 18, 2012
    03:09 PM

    Is there a great possibility that this could get a release from the almighty criterion label?
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    • By DUDElaundrey
      November 18, 2012
      03:40 PM

      no, it cant be released by criterion, david lynch owns the rights! everybody knows that, why u never hear people asking for this one, cause it cant happen.
  • By Gord
    November 18, 2012
    07:27 PM

    I don't know Joe. The fact that the film maker owns the rights gives me more hope than if a studio did. And it is on Criterion's Hulu listings. That's gotta mean something. I for one think it is a definite possibility.
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  • By Matt T
    November 19, 2012
    04:49 AM

    Why do you taunt us so Criterion? Flaunting Eraserhead on Hulu instead of putting out Lynch's films on Blu-ray... I aint too proud to beg!
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  • By solszew
    November 19, 2012
    08:36 PM

    This is nitpicking, I know, but Eraserhead is 1 hour 29 minutes long, not 1 hour 2 minutes. Thanks.
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  • By Sean
    November 20, 2012
    03:35 AM

    Criterion should release these with the original subtitles and best picture and sound quality as possible and tons of extras included as there some of the most famous foreign films in history! Das Boot: (1981) (Germany) Both Directors cut and the full length version Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (1995) (China) Also it would be a pleasure to look at Eraser Head never seen that one before at all.
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  • By Sean
    November 20, 2012
    03:51 AM

    Also it would be nice if criterion could release some more documentaries about Polish WWI and especially WWII History and normally don't care about Disney but it would be a pleasure to see Criterion release there most important documentary in history and know I'm not talking about what Disney releases in today's times. I'm talking about there most important documentary they ever released in there past history! The Living Desert Trust me this documentary is the creme de crop of all Disney documentaries and I'd rather watch this one any time besides what they put out in today's times. Shame on you Disney! Disney is not like what they used to be at all! Criterion roll those documentaries out as fast as you can!
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  • By Sean
    November 20, 2012
    04:02 AM

    Also it would be awesome if it were ever possible to get the original theatrical Star Wars before Georgie Boy started ruining them from day one plus every other version as possible and a gargantuan amount of features of more than any other Criterion set in the history of man kind! Even if this one cost a pretty penny I would buy it from day one as I'm a huge Star Wars movie fan just not a fan of the newer versions of episode IV, V, and VI because of the changes. But if I had to go with one right now it would be the THX versions as there the closes you'll ever get to the originals but you can only watch those on VHS not DVD. What a shame isn't it! Criterion you'd gotta save this belove franchise as it was seen originally in theaters from day 1.
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  • By Sean
    November 20, 2012
    04:04 AM

    Though I've never seen the original versions before what a bummer when it comes to us new generation fans of Star Wars.
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  • By Addison
    November 25, 2012
    01:50 AM

    La nuit de Varennes is wonderful, but I don't see any evidence of a Region 1 DVD. Does Criterion plan to release one?
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