Redes: El cine mexicano
By Charles Ramírez Berg
Touki bouki: Mambéty and Modernity
By Richard Porton
Grey Gardens: Staunch Characters
By Hilton Als
The selections in this week’s festival of free films on Hulu are as much culinary delights as they are cinematic ones. The strudel looks sensational in Dušan Makavejev’s Love Affair, or The Case of the Missing Switchboard Operator, and the pastries are plentiful in Eric Rohmer’s short The Bakery Girl of Monceau. Dig the meatloaf and veal cutlets in Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles, and dive into one of cinema’s most epic food fights in Daisies. You may not want to go to dinner in Luis Buñuel’s The Exterminating Angel, and you probably won’t want to indulge in the sugary delicacies in Makavejev’s shocking Sweet Movie—at least not with the same gusto the characters exhibit.
When people think of food on film, though, they often think of Gabriel Axel’s Oscar-winning Babette’s Feast first. In it, a French cook opens the hearts and minds of a group of pious Danish villagers by preparing an elaborate meal for them. You can stream the whole film below, or at Hulu. And if you sign up for Hulu Plus for just $7.99 a month, you can see the hundreds of other streaming Criterion films there.