Size matters in this week’s festival of free Criterion films on Hulu, all of which are epics you can really dig into. Like great novels, these are perfect films to curl up with over the holidays: Masaki Kobayashi’s mammoth, three-part, 574-minute The Human Condition; Raymond Bernard’s brilliant 279-minute version of Les misérables; Akira Kurosawa’s endlessly pleasurable 207-minute Seven Samurai; Ingmar Bergman’s 188-minute theatrical cut of the sumptuous Fanny and Alexander; and the relatively brief, at 163 minutes, The Tin Drum, Volker Schlöndorff's Oscar-winning wartime allegory.
Also on offer is Marcel Carné's 190-minute Children of Paradise, a richly textured epic set in the theater world of nineteenth-century Paris. Watch it in its entirety below, or at Hulu. And if you sign up for Hulu Plus for just $7.99 a month, you’ll be able to see the hundreds of other Criterion films streaming there.